Saturday, January 9, 2016

Film Footage of Narcissus when a Summer Camp

Looking at the # 1 end of the Narcissus when it was a summer camp in
Sabattus, Maine - (1934-1969) STM Collection

     Short Clip from April 19, 1938,  excursion trip of the Portland (ME) Chapter of the Electric Railroader Association over the various lines of the Androscoggin and Kennebec Railway that ran in the Lewiston & Auburn area. This short clip happens to pass by the Narcissus in Sabattus, Maine when it was a summer camp. The footage is from the O. R. Cummings Collection at Northeast Historic Film (P.O. Box 900, 85 Main Street, Bucksport, Maine 04416) and is used here with permission from NHF.

     The 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 14, Narcissus was one of the elegant, high-speed, wooden interurbans operating between Portland, Maine, and Lewiston, Maine from 1914 until 1933. The body of the Narcissus was purchased in 1934 for $100 by Mr. J. Henry Vallee. Mr. Vallee moved the Narcissus to Sabattus and it served as the family summer camp until 1969 when Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport acquired it in order to restore it to full operating status on its heritage railway. The Narcissus is currently under restoration.

Please consider making a donation to the Narcissus Project. Funds are still needed to complete the restoration of the National Register of Historic Places member, Narcissus.  Scroll to the end of this post to find all donation options. Thank You :)

The footage is from the O. R. Cummings Collection at Northeast Historic Film. The link above will take you to the site page.

Full DVD of the fan trip is available for sale at the Seashore Trolley Museum Store.  - 207-967-2712

For more information on the Narcissus Restoration now underway, go to the Narcissus Project Blog:

     Summary of DVD contents from Northeast Historic Film:
The collection contains Maine trolley footage of the Androscoggin and Kennebec Railway, Portland Railroad Company, and Biddeford & Saco Railroad. This short amateur film was released by the Portland Division of the Electric Railroaders’ Association, and the creator shot intertitles and animated map sequences to show the routes of each trolley, scenery from along the track, and interior shots of passengers.

     Biographical/Historical Notes
Gerald O. Boothby, a friend of O.R. Cummings, photographed the trolley railroad footage. The footage was taken for the now defunct Portland Division of the Electric Railroad Association, of which Boothby was a member.

     The reel has fairly heavy scratching throughout. // Along with reel 2, contains trolley footage of Androscoggin & Kennebec Railway, Portland Railroad Company, and Biddeford & Saco Railroad. // Documents an excursion made by the Portland Division of the Electric Railroaders' Association and features extensive footage of electric trolleys/streetcars moving on city streets and through rural areas. Features intertitles with maps highlighting specific routes of the trolleys. Scenes from each route follow the intertitles. The opening title reads: 'The fans leave Portland via the Canadian National Railway.' Group of people stands waving in front of the locomotive. The first map shows Mechanic Falls to Lewiston route through Hackett Mills, Minot, and Auburn. The scene with trolley leaving Mechanic Falls. Shot of trolley coming over Hackett's Mills bridge and moving on rails beside a street. Footage of trolley in Minot. Interior of trolley car entering into Auburn. Passengers get off the trolley at Huelett Square in Lewiston. Map illustrating Lewiston to Lake Grove route through Auburn and Perryville. Footage of the 'figure 8 route in Auburn.' Map illustrating Lewiston to Sabattus route through Tarr's Corner. Man, possibly conductor, waving trolley by on track at Tarr's Corner while another trolley waits on other tracks. View from the trolley on Main Street in Sabattus. Shots from the trolley with Maine Central Railroad tracks running alongside. Map illustrating Lewiston to Lisbon Falls route through Lisbon Center and Frost Park. Shot of trolley leaving Huelett Square in Lewiston. Trolley riding on the elevated bridge over Maine Central Railroad tracks. Footage of tracks in Lisbon Falls, Frost Park, and Lisbon was taken from a moving trolley.

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
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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.

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