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Help & Copyright
Welcome to the Joint Archives of the Great Northern Railway Historical Society (GNRHS) and Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association (NPRHA). Both organizations are dedicated to the preservation and history of these two railroads, predecessors to today's BNSF Railway. The Joint Archives physically reside at Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul, MN and the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive in Burien, WA, and comprise hundreds of thousands of files, drawings, books, photos and physical artifacts. These items are old, often delicate, and irreplaceable, so this website is dedicated to making as much material as possible available in digital form to members, researchers and the general public.
King Street Station, Seattle --- GN PR photo from GN-NP Joint Archives --- all rights reserved
Announcements (click for full text)
What's New - August 15, 2013
8/29/2013 9:57 AM
June 22 2013 The NPRHA Shannon Collection has been uploaded
6/24/2013 3:53 PM
What's New - May 21, 2013
5/21/2013 11:40 AM
What's New - May 2, 2013
5/3/2013 9:45 AM
What's New - January 17, 2013
1/17/2013 11:00 AM
Big Bend Railroad History
Minnesota Historical Society - GN Records
Minnesota Historical Society - NP Records
GN Mansfield Branch & Waterville Rwy Co
Skykomish Historical Society
GN in British Columbia's Fraser Valley
Great Northern Empire - Then and Now
Lindsay Korst's Great Northern site
Ferndale (WA) Memories by Jim Lancaster
Great Northern Archive site by Jon Snyder
GN EMD Diagrams at NMRA Online Archive
GN Freight Car photos
NP Freight Car photos
Railroad Paper Collectibles - track charts etc.
Railroads of Montana
Russell Johnson Photos & Videos
Terrific! It's Northern Pacific!
Thompson Collection - NP/GN photos & audio
University of Washington - GN Photos
Site & Archives Credits
Archival, Scanning, Cataloging, Remodeling - Stu Holmquist, Larry Schrenk, John Thomas, Hudson Leighton, Mike Borkan, Duane Amdahl, Jim Chinquist, Gary Wildung, Doug Complin, Bruce Barsness, Jim Dick, Ray Wozniak, Bob Kelly, Ed Ursem, John Oliver, Bill Sornsin, Jeff Otto, Jim Mattson, Peter Thompson and more...
Technology & Web Development - Jeff Otto, Gary Tarbox, Brian McCoy, Dean O'Neill, Bill Sornsin.
The Donors - too numerous to list, but without their generosity the archives would not exist.
Special Thanks - BNSF Railway and Minnesota Transportation Museum