Thursday, January 18, 2018

Part Two: Looking For The Right Match For the Narcissus - Professional Paint Analysis

Magnified cross-section image of paint samples 6.1 and 6.2, from the interior
floor (under a seat) of  1912. Portland-Lewiston Interurban No, 14, Narcissus,
documents the earliest two paints on the flooring were a reddish-brown,
followed by a yellow-brown colored paint and then seven layers of
orange-red colored paints. Image from Amy Cole Ives, President at


Steps towards engaging a Professional Conservation Paint Analysis for the Narcissus

The 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 14, Narcissus has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. Theodore Roosevelt was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914. Getting the color scheme right for the exterior and interior of the majestic icon of Maine's Fastest and Finest Interurban is imperative.

As we move closer to completing components of the exterior and interior of the Narcissus that require paint, we must determine specific colors, as close to the original as we can for these components. The Narcissus was originally built in 1912 by the Laconia Car Company. The PLI ended operations in early July 1933. The Laconia Car Company in Laconia, NH has also been closed for decades. No records that specifically detail the color formulas for the PLI interurbans is known to exist. There is text describing colors of the exterior of the interurbans. So, that is where we began.
    
     Today, January 18, 2018, we received an updated draft of the Preliminary Paint Analysis Report that includes several painted finishes. This is a working document that will continue to be updated until the report is finalized. There are several new pieces of information in this January 18, 2018, report updated from the initial draft dated November 15, 2017

Looking at this interior image of the Narcissus from 2014, you can clearly see
the reddish-colored floor and the outline of the seat pedestals, the off-white-colored
ceiling panels, and the gold leaf borders in the center panels. DGC photo.


     This updated report includes the previous results of exterior components and the new initial analysis from the Narcissus interior floor paint, ceiling panel paint, gold leaf on the ceiling panels, and an interesting cross-reference from an original interior and exterior clerestory sash from 1912 PLI interurban No, 10, Arbutus.

















Exterior side of Arbutus clerestory sash. PWM photo
Interior side of Arbutus clerestory sash. PWM photo
















This is a center ceiling panel from the Narcissus. The sample was not
taken from this panel. You can see the white paint that covers the
Nile green and the gold leaf. PWM photo























Schedule of PLI/Narcissus Presentations - Spring 2018


The Narcissus and an A & K Birney in Union Square, Lewiston
April 6, 1933 - Seashore Trolley Museum image

April 10  - Lewiston Public Library - Tuesday, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
                  200 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, Maine
                  Callahan Hall, 3rd Floor of the Lewiston Public Library
"The Portland-Lewiston Interurban 1910-1933"
The Portland-Lewiston Interurban (PLI) operated in Lewiston/Auburn and carried 7.3 million passengers between 1914 and 1933. Learn about W. S. Libbey, the Lewiston businessman that built the line, Theodore Roosevelt's 1914 ride from Lewiston to Portland on the high-speed luxury interurban, Narcissus, and how the only surviving interurban from the PLI was saved. Currently, under restoration at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, the PLI's No. 14, Narcissus, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. A number of PLI/Narcissus artifacts will be on display during the event. Narcissus project manager Phil Morse and restoration technician Donald Curry from Seashore Trolley Museum will be the presenters.
This is a free public event in cooperation with the Lewiston Public Library.


The Narcissus (left) and the Gladiolus at the West Falmouth substation
May 19, 1916.  Seashore Trolley Museum image

April 17 - West Falmouth Baptist Church - Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
                 18 Mountain Road, Falmouth, Maine
"The Portland-Lewiston Interurban & No. 14, Narcissus"
The Portland-Lewiston Interurban (PLI) operated in West Falmouth and carried 7.3 million passengers between 1914 and 1933. Learn about the construction (1910-1914) of the line, operations between Portland and Lewiston, Theodore Roosevelt's 1914 ride from Lewiston to Portland on the high-speed luxury interurban, Narcissus, the only surviving high-speed interurban from the line that exists today. Currently, under restoration at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, the PLI's No. 14, Narcissus, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. A number of PLI/Narcissus artifacts will be on display during the event. Narcissus project manager Phil Morse and restoration technician Donald Curry from Seashore Trolley Museum will be the presenters.
This is a free public event is in cooperation with Falmouth300Falmouth Memorial Library, and the Falmouth Historical Society.
                  



The 1915 Morrison Hill Station from the Portland-Lewiston Interurban

in West Cumberland, Maine, at Seashore Trolley Museum in

Kennebunkport greets passengers as they arrive on 1901 open trolley car
No. 303 from New Haven, CT.  July 2017 PWM image


May 15 - West Cumberland Recreation Hall  - Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
                115 (Rear) Blackstrap Road, Cumberland, Maine
"The 1915 Morrison Hill Station & the PLI in West Cumberland"
The Portland-Lewiston Interurban (PLI) operated in West Cumberland and carried 7.3 million passengers between 1914 and 1933. The 1915 waiting station at Morrison Hill was donated to Seashore Trolley Museum by Richard Budd, owner of Budd's Gulf in West Cumberland. Learn about the construction (1910-1914) of the line, operations between Portland and Lewiston, Theodore Roosevelt's 1914 ride from Lewiston to Portland on the high-speed luxury interurban, Narcissus, the only surviving high-speed interurban from the line that exists today. Currently, under restoration at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, the PLI's No. 14, Narcissus, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. A number of PLI/Narcissus artifacts will be on display during the event. Narcissus project manager Phil Morse and restoration technician Donald Curry from Seashore Trolley Museum will be the presenters.
This is a free public event is in cooperation with Prince Memorial Library


Please Consider a Donation to the Narcissus
and help us see this restoration through to completion!
See below for donation options

Thank You


We Did It!! 

$40,000 Raised!

Your Donations to the Narcissus Combined to Achieve the Goal Set Nineteen Months Ago. Raise $40,000 for the Narcissus to Meet the Challenge of the Matching Grant from the 

This brings the Combined Total Amount of Donations to the
Narcissus, based on the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation's matching grants to $100,000!  

The $40,000 donation will be the 2nd donation to the Narcissus from the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation as a result of successfully raising funds for a matching grant. A previous $10,000 matching grant challenge was achieved in 2014.

Donations made to the Narcissus Fund 816-A, for the remainder of 2017 and until further notice,
 will be used for work and materials needed to restore the interior of the Narcissus.

See below for Donation options -

It starts with YOU
Your Donation Matters
Make a Donation TODAY

Please Help the Narcissus
Donations are now being raised to restore the interior of the Narcissus.


Donation Options to Help Restore the Narcissus:


The New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
is the 501c3 organization that owns and operates the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME and the National Streetcar
The NEERHS is registered with the IRS (EIN# 01-0244457) and was incorporated in Maine in 1941.

Check or Money Order ***** should be made payable to:
New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
In the memo please write: Narcissus Fund 816-A
Mail to: Seashore Trolley Museum
              P. O. Box A
              Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Credit Card ***** donations can be a one-time donation or you
may choose to have a specific amount charged to your card
automatically on a monthly basis. Please contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5.

Online Donations - may be made by using a Credit Card: 
Click Here to make an online donation through the Museum's website - When at the Donation page: Fill in donor info, etc., when at "To which fund are you donating? Scroll down to "Other" and type in: 816-A Narcissus, then continue on filling in the required information.

Click Here for PayPal - to make an online donation: you can use email: finance@NEERHS.org and in the message box write:
For Narcissus fund 816-A

Donation of Securities ***** We also accept donations of
securities. You can contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5,
for brokerage account information for accepting donated securities.

BONUS ***** If you work for a company/corporation that will
"match" an employee's donation to an approved 501c3 non-profit,
educational, organization, please be sure to complete the necessary paperwork with your employer so that your donation is matched :)

Questions? ***** Please contact Narcissus project manager:
Phil Morse, pmorse31@gmail.com or call 207-985-9723 - cell.

Thank You :)


Thank You for our Current Funding Partners
20th Century Electric Railway Foundation - 2017/2014 Matching Grant Challenges
Thornton Academy (Saco, ME) - Staff & Alumni - Matching Grant Challenge 2014
* New England Electric Railway Historical Society (Kennebunkport, ME) - Member Donations
Amherst Railway Society - 2015 Heritage Grant
National Railway Historical Society - 2016 & 2015 Heritage Preservation Grants
Enterprise Holding Foundation - 2015 Community Grant
Theodore Roosevelt Association - Member Donations
John Libby Family Association and Member Donations
* The Conley Family - In Memory of Scott Libbey 2017/2016/2015
The W. S. Libbey Family - Awalt, Conley, Graf, Holman, Libbey, McAvoy, McLaughlin, Meldrum, O'Halloran, Salto, - 2017
* The Hughes Family 2017/2016/2010
New Gloucester Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Public Library Association - Pat Barter Speaker Series
* IBM - Matching Employee/Retiree Donations
* Fidelity Charitable Grant - Matching Employee Donations
* Richard E. Erwin Grant - 2017/2016
Seal Cove Auto Museum


The Narcissus, with interior back-lit, stained glass windows are majestic.
Make a donation today to help restore the interior of this Maine gem.
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track! Once restored,
you will be able to ride in luxury on this National Register Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.
PWM photo


Please Consider Making a Donation to the Narcissus Restoration Project. We are currently raising funds to restore the interior of this Maine gem.

Various News stories during the summer of 2015 about the
Narcissus and its connection to Theodore Roosevelt. TR
was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914.


Click Here to See the list of All Previous Blog Posts - 100-Plus

Link to Libby/Libbey Family connections

Click Here - Portland Public Library Presentation - History of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - W. S. Libbey - The Man and His Mill
Click Here - W. S. Libbey - His 1908 Stanley Steamer K 30-hp Semi-Racer
Click Here - W. Scott Libbey's 1908 Stanley Steamer History to be Featured - July 21, 2017
Click Here - Scrapbook Celebrates the People of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - May 18, 1914, Newspaper Story on the Passing of PLI Builder, W. Scott Libbey
Click Here - 102nd Anniversary of the Opening of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - 83rd anniversary of the Closing of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - Sophia, W. S. Libbey Descendant Visits the Narcissus
Click Here - LibbylLibbey Family Connection to Narcissus becomes Personal
Click Here - Ode To the Grand Old Interurban
Click Here - The Portland-Lewiston Interurban "Bouquet" is Ordered (1912)

Links to Narcissus Restoration Work:
Click Here - Ornate Leaded Stained Glass Work
Click Here - Narcissus Enters Town House Restoration Shop
Click Here - Sorting and Cleaning Materials on Interior of the Narcissus
Click Here - September 7, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - December 7, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - December 14, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - Beautiful Brass of the Narcissus
Click Here - December 28, 2015 Restoration Update
Click Here - January 4, 2016, Restoration Update
Click Here - Vallee Family Photos of Narcissus 1960s
Click Here - February 11, 2016, Restoration Update
Click Here - A Wooden Interurban - Restoration Info
Click Here - NRHS 2016 Heritage Grant Award to Narcissus
Click Here - Announcement of 2016 Teddy Roosevelt Days Fundraising Event for the Narcissus
Click Here - Series of Restoration Posts related to work on exterior poplar frames
Click Here - Vintage Poplar used in Narcissus restoration
Click Here - Mahogany Sash passenger windows being restored
Click Here - "A President Has Ridden in My House!" - Video of Dan Vallee
Click Here - Teddy Roosevelt Days 2016 - Weekend Event Benefits the Narcissus
Click Here - August 2016 Restoration Update
Click Here - Mid-September Restoration Update
Click Here - Theodore Roosevelt & the Narcissus: Connecting Maine Communities
Click Here - How to Make New Seats for the Narcissus?
Click Here - 2016 Summary of Research and Outreach
Click Here - 2016 Restoration Summary


The Narcissus - July 31, 2015. Make a donation today.
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track!
Once restored, you will be able to ride in luxury on this
National Historic Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.






























Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pre-PLI: Trolley Service Between Portland & the Twin Cities of Lewiston & Auburn

A photograph of an unknown motorman of the Lewiston, Augusta &
Waterville Street Railway (LA&W). We would really like to know his name.
The LA&W operated from May 1, 1907, through September 30, 1919.
Please contact me if you have a lead.
Thank you. email: p.morse31@gmail.com
PWM photo 

Donald Curry and I are volunteers at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. We often travel together to conduct presentations/lectures in communities that have some connection to the Portland-Lewiston Interurban line (PLI) in Maine or to the PLI interurban, Narcissus. The Narcissus is currently being restored at Seashore Trolley Museum in the Donald G. Curry Town House Restoration Shop. In the spring of 2018, we have PLI presentations scheduled in Lewiston, West Falmouth, and West Cumberland (scroll down this page to see the specifics dates, times, etc.) One of the points brought up early in the presentation is how one would travel between the Twin Cities using electric trolleys, prior to the PLI providing service starting in 1914. This blog post will provide some background in regards to that point.


The heart of the Lewiston, Augusta & Waterville Street Railway system
was Hulett Square, at the intersection of Maine and Lisbon Streets in
Lewiston. A Waterville-bound car is shown turning into
Lisbon Street (left), while a car from Bath stands in front of the
waiting room. Currently, J. Dostie Jewelers occupy the street-level
space of the building on the left, formally known as the "Journal" building.
PWM postcard

From O. R. Cummings' "Maine's Fastest Electric Railroad" 
     Trolley service between Portland and the Twin Cities of Lewiston and Auburn had its beginnings on August 8, 1902, when the Portland & Brunswick Street Railway, incorporated the previous year, opened its 15.4-mile line from the college town of Brunswick southerly through Freeport and South Freeport to Yarmouth. At Brunswick, the Portland & Brunswick had a physical connection with the Lewiston, Brunswick & Bath Street Railway, constructed in 1898, and at Yarmouth, the Portland & Brunswick tracks dead-ended just a few feet from the rails of the Portland Railroad Company's Yarmouth Division, built in 1898 as the Portland & Yarmouth Electric Railway.

                                                 Cover photo of O. R. Cummings' 1966 publication

     The roundabout route between the Forest City (Portland) and Lewiston created by the opening of the Portland & Brunswick was 42 miles long, with a running time of more than three hours and with two changes of cars - at Yarmouth and at Brunswick - initially being necessary. The service was frequent, however, and the combined fares of the three railways involved in the Portland-Lewiston trip was only 65 cents. (There would be a time between 1906 and 1919 that there was a joint operation between railways that eliminated one change of cars at Yarmouth).

     Of course, there were steam railroad lines between Portland and Lewiston - the Maine Central Railroad and the Grand Trunk Railway - but there were few trains on either line on weekdays and even poorer service on Sundays. 




     The Lewiston, Brunswick & Bath Street Railway, which also owned the local lines in Lewiston and Auburn, was absorbed by the Lewiston, Augusta & Waterville Steet Railway in 1907, and in 1913, the former Portland & Brunswick, which had been reorganized as the Brunswick & Yarmouth Street Railway in 1911, was merged into the Lewiston, Augusta & Waterville system. (The Portland-Lewiston Interurban opened on July 2, 1914) The Lewiston, Augusta & Waterville went into receivership in December 1918 and was reorganized on October 1 of the following year (1919) as the Androscoggin & Kennebec Railway. 

     "Electric Railway King of Maine"
     Amos F. Gerald, "The Electric Railway King of Maine", seemed to have his hand in nearly every electric railway charter during the hay-day of electric railway development in the Pine Tree State.
Gerald created both the Lewiston, Brunswick & Bath and the Portland & Brunswick Street Railways. 

Photo from O. R Cummings 1966 publication,
"Trolleys to Brunswick, Maine"
systems throughout New England.


Bath carhouse of the Lewiston, Brunswick & Bath and the parlor car,
"Merrymeeting" in 1899. This building was razed in 1911 and a smaller
barn was constructed from the materials. O. R. Cummings collection.



The "Merrymeeting" at the Tacoma Inn near Lewiston
The "Merrymeeting" was a double-truck (two sets of wheels & motors)
parlor car built by the Briggs Carriage Company of Amesbury, MA, for
the Lewiston, Brunswick & Bath Street Railway, at a cost of $7,000.
Photo courtesy of Seashore Trolley Museum's Library. Text from
O. R. Cummings 1959 publication, "Trolley Parlor Cars of New England"


The "Merrymeeting" parlor car was delivered in May of 1899. It could be
chartered for $10 a day, was taken over by the Lewiston, Augusta &
Waterville Street Railway in 1907. It remained in service as late as 1917.
It was stored until 1920 when its trucks were removed for use on a
freight car and the body was scrapped :(
Photo courtesy of Seashore Trolley Museum's Library. Text from
O. R. Cummings 1959 publication, "Trolley Parlor Cars of New England"


Pleasure Resorts
From O. R. Cummings 1966 publication, "Trolleys to Brunswick, Maine"

     No self-respecting street railway company considered itself complete without a pleasure resort during the golden years of the trolley era, and both the Lewiston, Brunswick & Bath and the Portland & Brunswick maintained such facilities to help generate summer excursion traffic.
Click here for more on Trolley Parks in the heart of Maine by Seashore Trolley Museum.

Merrymeeting Park

Merrymeeting Park was opened to the public in the summer of 1899,
the attractions included this $30,000 casino. Casinos of the day were
not gambling establishments. The three-story casino had broad verandas,
a very large dining room, dance hall, parlor and smoking rooms.
PWM postcard


Twenty-six miles from Lewiston. Notice the castle-like stone attachment to
the veranda. Amos F. Gerald, the builder of the Lewiston, Brunswick & Bath
line, loved castles and frequently incorporated a castle into the
trolley parks he was associated with. PWM postcard

     Merrymeeting Park was located one and a half miles from Brunswick on a 147-acre tract along the Androscoggin River. On approach to the casino, the visitors passed through the zoological department in which were numerous houses, cages, and pens for the fine collection of animals which formed the principal attractions. The collection included a herd of buffaloes, bears, moose, elk, deer, and foxes. Vast lawns, ponds, and groves of trees made for a relaxing atmosphere. Frequently, the attendance in the early years at the park was from 2,000 to 4,000 people on a given day. The park's popularity did decline fairly quickly though and was closed after the 1906 season.


PWM postcard


The amphitheater had seats for up to three thousand patrons and programs
that included band concerts, vaudeville, magic shows, minstrels, comedies,
and dramas.  PWM postcard


 Lake Grove Park
Lake Grove Park was located three miles from Lewiston at Auburn Lake. The attractions included a small rustic theater, with an open stage. The setting was well shaded, and scattered among the trees were quite a number of animals including bears, moose, and elk. On the lake, a large number of boats were kept, which were hired for boating and fishing. parties. Lake Grove was Maine's first park developed by a railway - opened in 1883 by the Lewiston and Auburn Horse Railway. It closed in 1928.

PWM postcard


PWM postcard


PWM postcard


Tacoma Inn
    The Tacoma Inn, near the intersection of Sand & Woodbury Ponds, was a favorite spot for factory and commercial outings. Only 14 miles from the Lewiston waiting station, there were many charter trips from Lewiston and Auburn to the Inn. An annual excursion was that of the Healy Asylum, a boys' orphanage in Lewiston. This yearly event was financed by a bequest in the will of W. Scott Libbey, builder of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban, Bates College and probably Colby College classes and groups held outings and reunions at the inn.

A feature attraction at the Tacoma Inn was the "High Diving White Horses."
The handsome white horses, "King" and "Queen" would jump into Sand Pond
from a high platform (info provided by Historical Society of Litchfield, ME)
PWM postcard


New Meadows Inn
     Another attraction on the Lewiston-Bath line was the privately-owned New Meadows Inn, on the bank of the New Meadows River in Bath. The inn was world-renowned for the quality and abundance of its shore dinners. Because of heavy traffic to and from the famous eating place, the railway provided a passenger platform, a small waiting station, and a siding near the inn.

Trolley stop at New Meadows Inn platform. The Inn was between the
Merrymeeting stop (3 miles) and the Bath carhouse (2.5 miles).
O. R. Cummings collection at STM


A trolley on the Portland line to Yarmouth, Maine, where riders could then
board a trolley to Brunswick, change to a third trolley and then be
on the way to Lewiston. PWM postcard



Schedule of PLI/Narcissus Presentations - Spring 2018


The Narcissus and an A & K Birney in Union Square, Lewiston
April 6, 1933 - Seashore Trolley Museum image

April 10  - Lewiston Public Library - Tuesday, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
                  200 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, Maine
                  Callahan Hall, 3rd Floor of the Lewiston Public Library
"The Portland-Lewiston Interurban 1910-1933"
The Portland-Lewiston Interurban (PLI) operated in Lewiston/Auburn and carried 7.3 million passengers between 1914 and 1933. Learn about W. S. Libbey, the Lewiston businessman that built the line, Theodore Roosevelt's 1914 ride from Lewiston to Portland on the high-speed luxury interurban, Narcissus, and how the only surviving interurban from the PLI was saved. Currently, under restoration at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, the PLI's No. 14, Narcissus, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. A number of PLI/Narcissus artifacts will be on display during the event. Narcissus project manager Phil Morse and restoration technician Donald Curry from Seashore Trolley Museum will be the presenters.
This is a free public event in cooperation with the Lewiston Public Library.


The Narcissus (left) and the Gladiolus at the West Falmouth substation
May 19, 1916.  Seashore Trolley Museum image

April 17 - West Falmouth Baptist Church - Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
                 18 Mountain Road, Falmouth, Maine
"The Portland-Lewiston Interurban & No. 14, Narcissus"
The Portland-Lewiston Interurban (PLI) operated in West Falmouth and carried 7.3 million passengers between 1914 and 1933. Learn about the construction (1910-1914) of the line, operations between Portland and Lewiston, Theodore Roosevelt's 1914 ride from Lewiston to Portland on the high-speed luxury interurban, Narcissus, the only surviving high-speed interurban from the line that exists today. Currently, under restoration at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, the PLI's No. 14, Narcissus, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. A number of PLI/Narcissus artifacts will be on display during the event. Narcissus project manager Phil Morse and restoration technician Donald Curry from Seashore Trolley Museum will be the presenters.
This is a free public event is in cooperation with Falmouth300, Falmouth Memorial Library, and the Falmouth Historical Society.
                  



The 1915 Morrison Hill Station from the Portland-Lewiston Interurban

in West Cumberland, Maine, at Seashore Trolley Museum in

Kennebunkport greets passengers as they arrive on 1901 open trolley car

No. 303 from New Haven, CT.  July 2017 PWM image


May 15 - West Cumberland Recreation Hall  - Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
                115 (Rear) Blackstrap Road, Cumberland, Maine
"The 1915 Morrison Hill Station & the PLI in West Cumberland"
The Portland-Lewiston Interurban (PLI) operated in West Cumberland and carried 7.3 million passengers between 1914 and 1933. The 1915 waiting station at Morrison Hill was donated to Seashore Trolley Museum by Richard Budd, owner of Budd's Gulf in West Cumberland. Learn about the construction (1910-1914) of the line, operations between Portland and Lewiston, Theodore Roosevelt's 1914 ride from Lewiston to Portland on the high-speed luxury interurban, Narcissus, the only surviving high-speed interurban from the line that exists today. Currently, under restoration at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, the PLI's No. 14, Narcissus, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. A number of PLI/Narcissus artifacts will be on display during the event. Narcissus project manager Phil Morse and restoration technician Donald Curry from Seashore Trolley Museum will be the presenters.
This is a free public event is in cooperation with Prince Memorial Library


Please Consider a Donation to the Narcissus
and help us see this restoration through to completion!
See below for donation options

Thank You


We Did It!! 

$40,000 Raised!

Your Donations to the Narcissus Combined to Achieve the Goal Set Nineteen Months Ago. Raise $40,000 for the Narcissus to Meet the Challenge of the Matching Grant from the 

This brings the Combined Total Amount of Donations to the
Narcissus, based on the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation's matching grants to $100,000!  

The $40,000 donation will be the 2nd donation to the Narcissus from the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation as a result of successfully raising funds for a matching grant. A previous $10,000 matching grant challenge was achieved in 2014.

Donations made to the Narcissus Fund 816-A, for the remainder of 2017 and until further notice,
 will be used for work and materials needed to restore the interior of the Narcissus.

See below for Donation options -

It starts with YOU
Your Donation Matters
Make a Donation TODAY

Please Help the Narcissus
Donations are now being raised to restore the interior of the Narcissus.


Donation Options to Help Restore the Narcissus:


The New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
is the 501c3 organization that owns and operates the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME and the National Streetcar
The NEERHS is registered with the IRS (EIN# 01-0244457) and was incorporated in Maine in 1941.

Check or Money Order ***** should be made payable to:
New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
In the memo please write: Narcissus Fund 816-A
Mail to: Seashore Trolley Museum
              P. O. Box A
              Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Credit Card ***** donations can be a one-time donation or you
may choose to have a specific amount charged to your card
automatically on a monthly basis. Please contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5.

Online Donations - may be made by using a Credit Card: 
Click Here to make an online donation through the Museum's website - When at the Donation page: Fill in donor info, etc., when at "To which fund are you donating? Scroll down to "Other" and type in: 816-A Narcissus, then continue on filling in the required information.

Click Here for PayPal - to make an online donation: you can use email: finance@NEERHS.org and in the message box write:
For Narcissus fund 816-A

Donation of Securities ***** We also accept donations of
securities. You can contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5,
for brokerage account information for accepting donated securities.

BONUS ***** If you work for a company/corporation that will
"match" an employee's donation to an approved 501c3 non-profit,
educational, organization, please be sure to complete the necessary paperwork with your employer so that your donation is matched :)

Questions? ***** Please contact Narcissus project manager:
Phil Morse, pmorse31@gmail.com or call 207-985-9723 - cell.

Thank You :)


Thank You for our Current Funding Partners
20th Century Electric Railway Foundation - 2017/2014 Matching Grant Challenges
Thornton Academy (Saco, ME) - Staff & Alumni - Matching Grant Challenge 2014
* New England Electric Railway Historical Society (Kennebunkport, ME) - Member Donations
Amherst Railway Society - 2015 Heritage Grant
National Railway Historical Society - 2016 & 2015 Heritage Preservation Grants
Enterprise Holding Foundation - 2015 Community Grant
Theodore Roosevelt Association - Member Donations
John Libby Family Association and Member Donations
* The Conley Family - In Memory of Scott Libbey 2017/2016/2015
The W. S. Libbey Family - Awalt, Conley, Graf, Holman, Libbey, McAvoy, McLaughlin, Meldrum, O'Halloran, Salto, - 2017
* The Hughes Family 2017/2016/2010
New Gloucester Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Public Library Association - Pat Barter Speaker Series
* IBM - Matching Employee/Retiree Donations
* Fidelity Charitable Grant - Matching Employee Donations
* Richard E. Erwin Grant - 2017/2016
Seal Cove Auto Museum


The Narcissus, with interior back-lit, stained glass windows are majestic.
Make a donation today to help restore the interior of this Maine gem.
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track! Once restored,
you will be able to ride in luxury on this National Register Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.
PWM photo


Please Consider Making a Donation to the Narcissus Restoration Project. We are currently raising funds to restore the interior of this Maine gem.

Various News stories during the summer of 2015 about the
Narcissus and its connection to Theodore Roosevelt. TR
was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914.


Click Here to See the list of All Previous Blog Posts - 100-Plus

Link to Libby/Libbey Family connections

Click Here - Portland Public Library Presentation - History of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - W. S. Libbey - The Man and His Mill
Click Here - W. S. Libbey - His 1908 Stanley Steamer K 30-hp Semi-Racer
Click Here - W. Scott Libbey's 1908 Stanley Steamer History to be Featured - July 21, 2017
Click Here - Scrapbook Celebrates the People of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - May 18, 1914, Newspaper Story on the Passing of PLI Builder, W. Scott Libbey
Click Here - 102nd Anniversary of the Opening of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - 83rd anniversary of the Closing of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - Sophia, W. S. Libbey Descendant Visits the Narcissus
Click Here - LibbylLibbey Family Connection to Narcissus becomes Personal
Click Here - Ode To the Grand Old Interurban
Click Here - The Portland-Lewiston Interurban "Bouquet" is Ordered (1912)

Links to Narcissus Restoration Work:
Click Here - Ornate Leaded Stained Glass Work
Click Here - Narcissus Enters Town House Restoration Shop
Click Here - Sorting and Cleaning Materials on Interior of the Narcissus
Click Here - September 7, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - December 7, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - December 14, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - Beautiful Brass of the Narcissus
Click Here - December 28, 2015 Restoration Update
Click Here - January 4, 2016, Restoration Update
Click Here - Vallee Family Photos of Narcissus 1960s
Click Here - February 11, 2016, Restoration Update
Click Here - A Wooden Interurban - Restoration Info
Click Here - NRHS 2016 Heritage Grant Award to Narcissus
Click Here - Announcement of 2016 Teddy Roosevelt Days Fundraising Event for the Narcissus
Click Here - Series of Restoration Posts related to work on exterior poplar frames
Click Here - Vintage Poplar used in Narcissus restoration
Click Here - Mahogany Sash passenger windows being restored
Click Here - "A President Has Ridden in My House!" - Video of Dan Vallee
Click Here - Teddy Roosevelt Days 2016 - Weekend Event Benefits the Narcissus
Click Here - August 2016 Restoration Update
Click Here - Mid-September Restoration Update
Click Here - Theodore Roosevelt & the Narcissus: Connecting Maine Communities
Click Here - How to Make New Seats for the Narcissus?
Click Here - 2016 Summary of Research and Outreach
Click Here - 2016 Restoration Summary


The Narcissus - July 31, 2015. Make a donation today.
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track!
Once restored, you will be able to ride in luxury on this
National Historic Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.