Chief 4 Eyes says

"Look over the links"

Great Northern publicity image from the 20s which might be viewed by some today as politically incorrect.


As any steam aficianado can tell you, the scene depicted is an S-2 Northern that has been called out to rescue a broken down E-7 diesel.


Gettin' up steam! Note the shape of the Belaire firebox on the backhead's outline.

Both images from the covers of Railroad Magazine-

Some Great Northern and Model Railroad Related Links:

O Scale Pages:

O Scale West

O Scale Kings

NMRA Directory of World Wide Links

O Scale Resources

Gord's Everything O Scale List

GN Web Pages:

Great Northern Historical Society Official site of the Historical Society

GN/NP Archive -A great resource especially for pictures

Great Northern Railway - Lindsay Korst's site full of info on the GN

Great Northern in B.C. - An historic look at the GN in the Fraser Valley by Neil Roughley

GN in Ferndale Wash - Jim Lancaster's memories of his hometown in the fifties. There are lots of other great pictures on his site.

Great Northern Empire - Ben Ringnalds's site, general info on the GN

Model Railroad Suppliers:

Chooch Enterprises Manufactures outstanding GN and other kits in O scale

The Irish Track Layer Great source of brass castings and track parts

Protocraft The finest, most accurate decals anywhere and at a reasonable price and the only source for high amp Tsunami decoders

Rails Unlimited Great on line source for O scale kits and parts

The Inside Gateway The best hobby shop in the Northwest. If you click on the Northwest links button, there are pictures of some fine layouts!

Norm's O Scale The fine online shop hobby shop specializing in O scale

Papa Ben's Train Place My local hobby shop. Not much O scale but they are friendly.

Houston Area Model Railroad:

Houston Layout Open Houses Every Fall the San Jacinto Model railroad group of Houston sponsors an area layout tour spread over eight weekends. Again this year my layout will be open once. In all about 60 layouts are open to the public over the eight weeks. Everything from N gage to 1 1/2 live steam are represented. There are about 80-90 layouts which have at one time been open but many owners opt to skip a year now and then.

Barry Bogs - DRG&W inG/Gn3 gage

Don Bozman's - Great Great Northern in HO

Craig Brantley's - DRG&W in O/On3 scale

Dennis Grigassy - Models On30 and has a nice free lanced pike.

Mike Luczak - Not in Houston but still a GN layout worth visiting on line.


Model Railroad Hobbyist - A free online publication well worth reading!

O Scale Trains - Dedicated to O Scale

Railroad Model Craftsman - Geared to the experience modeler

Model Railroader - The magazine index is back at this site

Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette - An old stand by for quality


Must Visit Places:

The Izaak Walton Inn This historic Inn outside Glacier National Park, was built by the Great Northern in 1939 as a railrood hotel for the helper crews working Walton Hill.

Katy House Not GN but the Blaylocks will make you feel 'GN welcome'.

And of Course, my family:

Mike Older Son

Rob & LyAnna Younger Son & Daughter-in-law

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