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 imbedded. 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 brass screw to secure glazing to newly restored
Narcissus passenger sash window. 4-25-2016 PWM
Click Here - to see work done on exterior poplar frames

Please Consider Making a Donation to the Narcissus Restoration Project - See Options Below
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 into 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 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 to 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 Libb(e)y 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 - Libb(e)y 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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