Friday, May 1, 2015

In a Class by Itself - The Making of a Narcissus CAD Drawing

Quinn Campbell (2015), a senior at Thornton Academy in Saco, ME, makes adjustments to the Narcissus CAD drawing he has created in his drafting classroom at the Biddeford Regional Center for Technology - March 2, 2015

During the summer of 2014, I was hoping to find a high school student that would take on the challenge of creating a CAD (Computer-aided design) drawing of the Narcissus. I had a specific design in mind. A CAD drawing had been created in 1999 of Seashore Trolley Museum's first trolley, Car 31 from the Biddeford and Saco Railroad. That drawing was done as part of the Museum's 60th-anniversary celebration. The design is based on a drawing that when copied on to a heavy paper, "cut out", and folded properly, would make a 3-dimensional model. Used in a classroom of younger children, this trolley could be colored, people added into the image, riding in the car, being an operator, etc., prior to being cut out and folded, then taped together.

A previous CAD drawing of Seashore Trolley Museum's very first acquisition. Built in 1900, Car 31 operated in the Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach Maine area until coming to Seashore Trolley Museum in July1939.  Car 31 is one of the Museum's ten Maine cars listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It also has the distinction of being a Save America's Treasure project. Quinn used this 1999 CAD drawing by Trolley Museum member/volunteer, Chet Bishop, as reference material as he created the Narcissus drawing.

There was a beautifully detailed drawing of the Arbutus in O. R. Cummings' 1956 publication, Portland Lewiston Interurban, A History of the Finest Electric Interurban Railway to run in the State of Maine. Portland Lewiston Interurban (PLI), No. 10, Arbutus, is a sister interurban car to the Narcissus and was part of the original order of four interurbans, built at the Laconia Car Company Works in 1912. One of the CAD drawing challenges would be the ability to extract the details from the Arbutus drawing and to then manipulate those details of the various components into the Car 31 format, to scale,  for a Narcissus design.

The original drawing details are taken from O. R. Cummings', Portland Lewiston Interurban, A History of the Finest Electric Interurban Railway to run in the State of Maine. May 1956.

I was lead to Edward Driscoll, the Engineering, Architecture, and Drafting Instructor at Biddeford Regional Center for Technology. Ed was very interested in the Narcissus CAD project and offered to present the project to his students. A few days later in later September, early October of 2014, Ed emailed me that he had a student candidate that had an interest in taking on the project. Ed introduced me to Quinn Campbell. Quinn was a senior at Thornton Academy (TA), class of 2015, and would be entering the Engineering program at the University of Maine in Orono, ME in the fall of 2015. Quinn and I met at TA during school one day and discussed the project and I handed him print copies and later emailed him electronic copies of the Car 31 CAD drawing and the Arbutus drawing. 
Over the ensuing weeks and months, Quinn would check in with me via email and send me draft images and seek clarification on certain details and in March 2015, Quinn had this great CAD drawing of the Narcissus. Thank you, Quinn!

Here is the text is written in the CAD Drawing
Portland Lewiston Interurban No. 14 "Narcissus"
1912 Laconia Car Company.
In the Collection of the Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, Maine, since 1969.
August 18, 1914 - Colo. Theodore Roosevelt
26th President of the United States, 
was a passenger on the Narcissus from

Original drawing details are taken from O. R. Cummings',
Portland Lewiston Interurban, A History of the Finest Electric Interurban Railway to run in the State of Maine. May 1956.

Adapted by Quinn Campbell, Engineering/Architecture/Drafting Class of 2015 Biddeford Regional Center of Technology

** Reproduced for the First Annual, 
Theodore Roosevelt: Naturalist, Nature, and the Narcissus (event, ed.)
8/2015 **
Quinn Campbell (2015) comments on the Narcissus CAD project.

"I first heard of the trolley project from my drafting teacher at the beginning of the school year. At the time, I didn't realize how big of a project it was. I started with making the template that the image of the Narcissus would be on. From there I started tracing the existing lines of the identical trolley image I was given. There was a lot of detail in this drawing and for this reason, it took me longer than expected. The project went into my robotics season where I had to also work on designs for a robot for my school. However, after robotics ended I had more time to work on this project and I started adding more details that weren't in the original drawing but was on the Narcissus drawing. After approximately 100 hours of work spread out between months I was finally ready for it to be printed. Once I printed out a copy of the drawing I showed it to Mr. Morse and it went through a series of revisions until it was finally done. This project has helped me realize time management and how to balance multiple projects at the same time. What I liked about the project was seeing it all come together to form the final drawing."

Exciting Matching Grant Challenge Started March 1, 2016

Mark your calendars (purchase your Friday-opening tickets in advance) and plan to attend the 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days Event July 21-23, 2017

A Benefit Event For the Narcissus Project!

Click Here: First Post on 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days - W. S. Libbey's 1908 Stanley Steamer
Click Here: Second Post on 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days - Suzanne Buzby Hersey - "My Maine"
Click Here: Third Post on 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days - Wade Zahares - Artist

More details on the celebration will be announced soon.
The Friday activity requires a ticket to be purchased in
advance. There is limited seating for the Friday gala
opening activity. Saturday and Sunday are
general admission public offerings at

The Narcissus Project Blog was created in April 2015 for the purpose of reaching out to a large number of folks through the power of social media to introduce them to the Narcissus. The Narcissus is a luxury, high-speed, wooden electric interurban. The Narcissus was built in 1912 in Laconia, NH and operated on the Portland-Lewiston Interurban, in Maine, between Portland and Lewiston, from 1914 to 1933. Theodore Roosevelt was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914. The blog posts appeal to folks with an interest in Theodore Roosevelt's connection to Maine, to folks generally interested in regional/local history, as well as those folks within the greater railway family. Hopefully, these posts will endear many of the readers to help support the Narcissus financially, as it undergoes a complete restoration over the next few years at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. 

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 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: 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 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, 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 Historic 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 - Libby/Libbey 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

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.

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