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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. For questions or comments contact (for GN) or (for NP).

 St Paul Union Station - 1967 - Empire Builder and North Coast Limited - Matt Herson photo

St Paul Union Station 1967
More Photos and Indexes Online 
by Bill C. Sornsin
 11/17/2020 9:38 AM

The GNRHS Archives has posted the following new collections:

Barriger Railroad Library photos 
by Bill C. Sornsin
 11/17/2020 9:37 AM

We've added a link to thousands of photos posted by the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library, featuring lineside scenes from GN, NP, SP&S, Milwaukee Road and any other railroads, dating from the 1920's thru 1950's. The GN_Cascade​Division...

Wade Stevenson photos now indexed! 
by System Account
 10/12/2020 9:03 PM

​The Wade Stevenson collection of GN photos was generously donated to the GNRHS Archives by the MRHA. Scanning performed by Stuart Holmquist., indexing/descriptions by Dan Bolyard. There are holes in the collection, as some locations and railroads...

What's New - December 24, 2015 
by System Account
 12/24/2015 3:54 PM

Dozens of new photos added to the Jim Parker collection. Mostly NP equipment, some GN. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!​

What's New - November 6, 2015 
by System Account
 11/6/2015 7:53 AM

​The Jim Parker GN/NP photo collection has been added. Captioning is complete. Software upgrades were completed last month to improve site performance.

(More Announcements...)
 Barriger National Railroad Library photos
 Streamliner Memories
 Big Bend Railroad History
 Minnesota Historical Society - GN Records
 Minnesota Historical Society - NP Records
 GN Mansfield Branch & Waterville Rwy Co
 Skykomish Historical Society
 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
 University of Washington - GN Photos
 University of Washington - NP Photos
 Pullman Project Database
(More Links...)

 Site & Archives Credits

  • Archival, Scanning, Cataloging, Remodeling - Stu Holmquist, Larry Schrenk, John Thomas, 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