Saturday, April 30, 2016

Narcissus Restoration Update - Mahogany Sash Passenger Windows - 4-29-2016

One of two of the first completely restored original mahogany sash
passenger windows from the 1912 Narcissus. The original brass components
were placed in position, for this photo, and are not yet secured.
This beautiful restoration/repair/rebuild work on the mahogany sash windows
is being done by Seashore Trolley Museum member/volunteer
Jim MacKell. 4-25-2016 PWM
Click Here - to see more on the Beautiful Brass of the Narcissus


     The historic 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 14, Narcissus, entered the Town House Restoration Shop of the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine on May 20, 1015
Upon entering the shop, the materials contained within the Narcissus were identified, assessed, inventoried, and in some cases, removed and stored for work at a later time. The Narcissus resides on tracks in the unheated portion of the shop. So, during the coldest months of the winter, smaller items that need restoration may receive the necessary attention either in the heated portion of the shop or in some cases, at a volunteer's home or at a contractor's place of business.

     This Narcissus Project Blog post pertains to the mahogany sash and glass of the twenty-six passenger windows. Eighteen originals have survived in various conditions of disrepair. Restoration/repair/rebuilding began during the winter months (2015-16) at the woodworking shop at the home of Museum volunteer Jim MacKell.

Jim MacKell holding an original Narcissus passenger window sash with the
Narcissus Car No 14 and the window opening number 25 embedded. One
can determine which window opening by standing inside the Narcissus, and
while looking forward, towards the No. one end, start with the first window
opening on the front, on the right-hand side, count the window opening.
Numbers # 1through # 13 are on the right from No. 1 end to the No. 2 end.
Opening #14 is the first window opening on the left side at the No. 2 end. 
So, with that system in mind, the above sash and mahogany window # 25
is next to # 26. They are the pair of windows at the smoking compartment
on the left side of the Narcissus, as you look towards the No. 1 end.
See image below 4-25-2016 PWM

Here is an image of Narcissus taken from an advertisement. The first pair of
passenger windows seen on the left are #26 and #25. The ad is for
promoting the new patented trolley "shoe" to replace the traditional trolley
wheel that would conduct the electricity from the overhead wire to power
the various electric railways' vehicles. STM image.

One of the eighteen original mahogany sash windows from the Narcissus
while being assessed on 9-7-2015. Each of the surviving windows and sash
were in various stages of disrepair. Some of the lower horizontal "rails" will
not be salvageable. Some of the rails and stiles will have new mahogany
repairs spliced and blended with the original.
9-7-2015 PWM 

Narcissus mahogany passenger window stile
in need of repair. 4-25-2016 PWM

     The video below is the first in this post with Seashore Trolley Museum member/volunteer Jim MacKell explaining the steps he has taken as he restores/repairs/rebuilds the mahogany sash and windows for the Narcissus.


     The video below is the second in this post with Seashore Trolley Museum member/volunteer Jim MacKell explaining the steps he has taken as he restores/repairs/rebuilds the mahogany sash and windows for the Narcissus.


Phil Morse holding a new mahogany window stile for Narcissus with the
radius curve cut clearly visible. 4-25-2016 PWM

Jim MacKell holding restored Narcissus passenger sash showing the
radius curve and the two routers in the background to cut the
male-female curves. 4-25-2016 PWM

New mahogany rails and stiles that will become one of the handful of
passenger windows that will replace missing windows in the Narcissus.
4-25-2016 PWM

     The video below is the third in this post with Seashore Trolley Museum member/volunteer Jim MacKell explaining the steps he has taken as he restores/repairs/rebuilds the mahogany sash and windows for the Narcissus.


Jim MacKell inserting a brass screw to secure glazing to newly restored
Narcissus passenger sash window. 4-25-2016 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 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 - 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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