Preserved GN Steam Locomotives:
The William Crooks or "Wm. Crooks". St. Paul and Pacific #1. This is the locomotive that started it all. The first locomotive in Minnesota and the first engine on what became the Great Northern Railway. This beautifully-restored engine can be found at the Lake Superior Transportation Museum in Duluth, MN. It is a bit crowded in there, so bring at least a 28mm lens to capture it on film. Photo taken by Lindsay Korst in July 2001.
Additional photo (from postcard) shows William Crooks inside St. Paul Union Depot (current location is Duluth).
Update: These May 2008 photos by Kevin Dellinger show GN 1147 in a fresh coat of paint.
GN 1246, Class F-8, 2-8-0 was originally preserved in Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA. The City of Seattle sold this engine and it was moved to a private owner near Klamath Falls, OR. Dana Payne sent me this undated photograph.
03/04/2001 Update: I'm sorry to report that 1246 is in pieces and unlikely to be on display anytime soon.
07/18/2002 Update: The GN 1246 and the rest of Fred Keppner's steam engine collection has been MOVED to Merrill, OR. Location is a mile south on Main Street to the SP tracks, then east a half mile along a gravel road. Thanks to Alan Zuckerman and Tom Wloch for the location tip! Photos taken by Lindsay Korst in July 2002.
GN 1355, Class H-5, 4-6-2 is preserved and currently being cosmetically restored at Sioux City, IA at the former Milwaukee Road roundhouse.
GN 1355 has undergone a complete cosmetic restoration and is proudly on display thanks to the good folks at Siouxland Historical Railroad Association.
You can read more about the restoration on the GNRHS site HERE.
GN 2507, Class P-2, 4-8-2 is shown here at Maryhill, WA in this July 1992 photo by Kevin Brown.
Great Northern #2507 is a class P-2 4-8-2 built by Baldwin in 1923 for passenger service on the GN and was retired in 1957. In 1962, the 2507 was donated to Klickitat County by the SP&S and placed on display near Maryhill, on the Columbia River. The SP&S donated the GN locomotive since all of the SP&S steam had already been scrapped (except #539, donated to the city of Vancouver, WA and #700 which had been donated to the City of Portland, OR). The locomotive was barged from Maryhill to Pasco a "few years" back with the intention of restoring it to operation. The restoration effort broke down and it's currently stored on a spur at the east end of the Port of Pasco waiting for it's fate to be decided by Klickitat County.
Update: GN #2507 is shown here at Pasco after being repainted. It is rumored, this engine will eventually be shipped to Wishram, WA and put on display. May 2003 photo by Robert Ulberg.
Update 10/3/2003: GN #2507 has been moved to Wishram and placed inside a ridiculously-overbuilt shelter. Luckily, Robert Ulberg was there to record 2507 before it was moved "inside". The structure makes it nearly impossible to view the engine. 3 pictures above were taken with a STEPLADDER. October 2003 photos by Lindsay Korst.
GN 2523, Class P-2, 4-8-2 is preserved at the Kandiyohi Co. Hist. Park in Willmar, MN. Photo taken June 1997 by Elroy M. Olson.
GN 2523 Update: This P-2 has received a new coat of paint. Unfortunately, the painters slopped black paint over the GNR logo and completely painted over the 2523 and cab lettering. Photo taken by Lindsay Korst in July 2001.
Update July 2003: GN 2584 is looking good during my visit to Havre. Photos taken by Lindsay Korst in July 2003.
Update June 2005: Vintage post card of the "Steam Locomotive 2584, Havre, Montana" which shows the original location EAST of the Havre depot.
GN 3059, Class O-1, 2-8-2 is preserved in City Park in Williston, ND. Photo taken May 1997 by Ron Gebhardt.
Update July 2003: GN 3059 has received a new coat of paint, but it looks like they ran out of boiler green on the engineer's side just east of the smokebox! Still a sharp engine. Photos taken by Lindsay Korst in July 2003.
GN Steam Locomotives from the past:
Illustration: 2-8-8-0 #2012 class N-3
Great Northern H-6 #1723 4-6-2 unknown location/date from the collection of P.B. Korst, Jr.
GN S-1 #2555 4-8-4, Hillyard (Spokane), WA, October 1951.
GN R-2 class steam locomotive caboose hops with X-228 at Skykomish, WA from a painting by Mike Pearsall. Postcard from the collection of Lindsay Korst.
GN R-1 class steam locomotive #2043 passes Mount Index, WA. From a Leanin' Tree Christmas card. Scan courtesy of Rick Bolger.