Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The End of a Classic Interurban - June 28, 1933

The June 21st announcement of the coming of the end of Maine's finest and fastest electric
railway, the Portland-Lewiston Interurban. Original newspaper is in the collection of the
PWM image.

No. 10, Arbutus, running as Train 37, made the last eastbound trip over the
Interurban, leaving Portland at 11:05 p.m. on June 28, 1933. Left to right are:
John I. Cluff, William M. Jones, Albion M. Conant, Ralph Shaw, "Joe Happy",
Mrs. Gertrude Libbey Anthony, and Charles H. Mitchell.
Image from O. R. Cummings Collection at Seashore Trolley Museum Library.

Portland-Lewiston Interurban - R.I.P.
Image from O. R. Cummings Collection at Seashore Trolley Museum Library.

Awaiting their fate at the Androscoggin & Kennebec Car House Yard in
Lewiston, No. 20, Magnolia, No. 14, Narcissus, and No. 22, Maine c 1933-34
Image from O. R. Cummings Collection at Seashore Trolley Museum Library.

As the country was still deep in the Depression, there was no market for the
passenger or freight equipment of the PLI. At least five of the passenger car bodies
were sold to private parties. The No. 10, Arbutus went to Mrs. Gertrude Libbey
Anthony in Saco, ME, No.s. 40 and 42 to South Casco to be used for storage.
No. 22, Maine became a diner on Park Street in Lewiston, No. 14, Narcissus
became a summer camp in Sabattus, and for a while, No. 18, Azalea was located
on West Rose Hill, overlooking the Androscoggin River in Auburn.
Details from O. R. Cummings' 1967,
Maine's Fast 
Electric Railroad-Portland-Lewiston Interurban. The original
letter is in the collection of the Seashore Trolley Museum Library.
PWM image.

The Arbutus, sister to the Narcissus, was purchased by Mrs. Gertrude Libbey
Anthony in 1933. Mrs. Gertrude, a daughter of the innovative businessman that
created the Portland-Lewiston Interurban system, W. S. Libbey, kept the
Arbutus as a memorial to her late father from 1933 till it was scrapped in 1946.
Interestingly, most of the ornate leaded stained glass windows and mahogany
sash from the clerestory survived and came to Seashore Trolley Museum in 2001,
from the Shoreline Trolley Museum. Image from O. R. Cummings' 1967,
Maine's Fast Electric Railroad-Portland-Lewiston Interurban.


J Henry Vallee and his son, Daniel Vallee relax inside the
in Sabattus, Maine from 1934 till 1969. The kitchen-dining room in the
background was an addition attached to the body
of the Narcissus. Dated June 1965 - Image courtesy of Daniel Vallee.

The Narcissus ready to leave the Vallee property and travel to its new home
at Seashore Trolley Museum. Late October 1969. The Narcissus is now
undergoing restoration. Image courtesy of Daniel Vallee.

As we pause to reflect on this eighty-third anniversary of the end of an era in Maine and the loss of so much of our electric railway history, there is cause to be hopeful and to give Thanks!


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
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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 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.