Monday, June 15, 2015

Sorting and Cleaning the Interior of the 1912 Portland Lewiston Interurban No. 14, Narcissus has begun

The Narcissus as she looked upon arrival at Seashore Trolley Museum
in 1969.

     The Narcissus entered the restoration shop on May 20 and 0n Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, 2015, in the comfy confines of Seashore Trolley Museum's Townhouse Restoration Shop in Kennebunkport, ME, we started the process of cleaning and sorting materials stored in the interior of the 1912 Portland Lewiston Interurban No. 14, Narcissus.

     One of the items uncovered was the remnants of one of the banners displayed on the side of the Narcissus in 1969 when she was first trucked from her site as a camp near Sabattus Pond near Lewiston, Maine.  The truck route was with much fanfare through Lewiston, on the road to Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, following the route of the old Portland Lewiston Interurban to Portland as best could be done. Media coverage was strong and people were encouraged to make a donation to the restoration of the PLI gem so that PLI patrons from the past could come to ride the majestic beauty once more along Seashore Trolley Museum's railway line. The banner thanked the business that had donated materials, or labor, or perhaps made financial contributions towards the task of the Museum acquiring the body of the Narcissus. The "task" was that the Museum needed to replace the "camp" Narcissus, with a foundation and a "shell" of a three-room camp. Once this task was accomplished, the Narcissus was signed over to the Museum.

Banner remnants from the 1969 road trip of the Narcissus
traveling from Sabattus Pond to Seashore Trolley Museum
PWM image

     For many years prior to the transfer of ownership to the Museum, Museum members were in contact with the "camp" Narcissus owner in hopes that he would allow them to acquire the car. Anticipating that the deal would ultimately be made, these members were in search of electrical, mechanical, accessory, and truck components years in advance of the acquisition actually being made. Acquiring trucks would be a very high priority. In the mid-sixties, a pair of trucks that were not of the original type, but very close, was found in Canada, and with assistance from the Governor of Maine, John Reed, were donated to the Museum as a gesture of International Goodwill in 1965. This is but one story of many, many stories that help make up the 103-year-old colorful life of the Narcissus. This blog will bring these stories to you from time to time, as well as updates of the restoration and on the developing Teddy Roosevelt Days fundraising event to benefit the Narcissus that is being hosted at Seashore Trolley Museum July 31 through August 2.

A section of the interlocking floor tiles in the center aisle
of the Narcissus 6.15.15 PWM

Showing the wear of perhaps as many as one million
passengers from 1914 through 1933. Notice the difference
from the edge tiles to the center tiles. This section is where
the first step in or out of the passenger compartment
to/from the smoking compartment is on the Number 1 end
of the Narcissus. PWM 6.15.15

Passenger windows from the Narcissus in various degrees
of condition. They will be assessed individually and a plan for
restoration will be created and implemented.
PWM 6.15.15

There are some items that are beyond being able to be
restored. This is a nut and bolt that is a great teaching tool
and may very well find a restored life in education. PWM

The interior of the Narcissus looking
towards the number 1 end. The
paper in the center aisle is covering
the remaining interlocking rubber
tiles. This paper is to help protect the
tiles prior to their assessment

15-year Museum member, James Morse, accepts his father's
request for a "selfy" nearing the end of the second day of
helping his dear old Dad, Phil Morse, sort and clean the
interior of the Narcissus on Saturday & Sunday
June 13/14, 2015. PWM

Click on: "Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride," to learn about the young reader historical fiction chapter book due for release this fall. Proceeds will benefit the Narcissus Project :)

Please Consider a Donation to the Narcissus Project
to help us tell the incredible story of the Narcissus through the interpretation portion of the Narcissus Project.
Thank You

   Inside the Donald G. Curry Town House Restoration Shop, the Narcissus is in the midst of major work as we strive to complete its restoration. With our estimate to have the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Narcissus in the fall of 2021, we are now planning the interpretation portion of the Narcissus Project. Donations to the Narcissus Project may be used in the future to help tell the incredible 100-plus-year-old story of the Narcissus. Your donation to the Narcissus is helping to make the dream of the project's success, a reality.

The 2015 publication of, The Illustrated Atlas
of Maine's Street & Electric Railways
1863-1946, was published by the Library
at Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport.
Copies are available for purchase from the

Seashore Trolley Museum, - Museum of Mass Transit, is celebrating its 80th Birthday year in 2019! 
Special Events are scheduled  - Public operations start on May 4, 2019. 
Click Here for the 2019 Events & Special Activities for the 80th Anniversary Season, with hot links

Click Here for 2019 Special Events 

Click Here for 80th Anniversary Year - Seashore Trolley Museum 1939-2019 post
Click Here for the post - 80th Anniversary Year -A Look Back at the 50s - Seashore Trolley Mus.
Click Here for the post - 80th Anniversary Year - A Look Back at the 60s  - Seashore Trolley Mus.
Click Here for the post - 80th Anniversary Year -A Look Back at the '70s - Seashore Trolley Mus.
Click Here for The Birth of Seashore Trolley Museum Blog Post
Click Here for STM's Ten National Register of Historic Places Electric Railway Vehicles post
Click Here for 1901 Tower C Boston Elevated Railway to STM in 1975
Click Here for No. 38 - 1906 Manchester & Nashua Street Railway - Acquired March 21, 1940
Click Here for No. 60 - 1895 Manchester Street Railway - Acquired April 11, 1941
Click Here for No. 4387 - 1918 Eastern Mass. Street Railway - Acquired August 29, 1946
Click Here for No. 100 - 1906 Atlantic Shore Line Railway - Acquired 1949
Click Here for No. 108 - 1904 Portsmouth, Dover & York Street Railway - Acquired 1949
Click Here for No. 14 Narcissus 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban - Acquired 1969

See below for Donation options -

It starts with YOU
Your Donation Matters
Make a Donation TODAY

Please Help the Narcissus. 

Donation Options to Help the Narcissus Project:

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 - 2018 - Major Gift, 2017/2014 Matching Grants
Mass Bay RRE - 2018 Railroad Preservation Grant 
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 2018/2017/2016/2015
* The W. S. Libbey Family - Awalt, Conley, Graf, Holman, Libbey, McAvoy, McLaughlin, Meldrum, O'Halloran, Salto, - 2018/2017
* 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
* LogMein - Matching Employee Donation
* IBM - Matching Employee/Retiree Donations
* Fidelity Charitable Grant - Matching Employee Donations
* Richard E. Erwin Grant - 2017/2016

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 project of the National Register of Historic Places member, Narcissus. We are currently raising funds to tell the incredible story 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 - Index

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
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.