Friday, September 2, 2016

Narcissus Restoration Update - August 2016

The Narcissus with all of its roof boards removed. Each of the ash roof ribs
will  be inspected, and if necessary, removed, repaired, and or replaced. Most
are in very good shape. All original steel screws will be replaced with
stainless steel screws. The roof boards were in varying degrees of condition.
Some were missing, some have water damage, some with critter damage,
many are able to be repaired and returned to service. August 15, 2016 PWM

Critters gnawed their way through the roof boards, entered the comfy
confines of the Narcissus, and set up a multi-family housing complex.
August 14, 2016. PWM

Many of the original steel nails from 1912 had lost their ability to properly
hold the roof boards securely to the roof ribs, so at some point in years past,
galvanized nails were nailed next to every original nail in every roof board.
This double-nailing made it twice as difficult to remove the roof boards
without further damaging the original poplar tongue-and-groove boards.
August 13, 2016. PWM

The 1912 Narcissus on August 15, 2016. Looking rather skeletal-like,
following the removal of all its roof boards. It looked much different a week
earlier, as it had many restored components put in place for the annual
fundraising event weekend to benefit the project. The 2016 Teddy Roosevelt
Days event was a great success. All the guests that attended throughout the
three-days were treated to a glimpse of just how truly beautiful the
Narcissus will be when its restoration is complete.
August 15, 2016. PWM

The right side of the Narcissus (with the number 2 end on the left,
 affectionately called the "Teddy end" - Theodore Roosevelt was a passenger
on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914) with the thirteen ornate leaded-stained
glass clerestory windows temporarily in place for the 2016 Teddy Roosevelt
Days event weekend. To the right, you can see the large leaded stained glass
"eyebrow" window in place in the smoking compartment.
August 4, 2016. PWM

The left side of the 1912 Narcissus (number 1 end on the left) on the evening
of August 4, 2016. PWM

Donald Curry, Lead Restoration Technician on the Narcissus restoration,
during the early stages of assembling the various components necessary
to enclose the right side of the smoking compartment on the number 1 end.
August 1, 2016.  PWM

Interior of the right side of the smoking compartment at the number 1 end.
Restored original mahogany sash passenger windows with their polished
original brass hardware. Original Santo Domingo mahogany pieces that were
restored 15 to 20 years ago, were removed from storage for use enclosing
the window openings. August 4, 2016. PWM

Right side smoking compartment with restored windows and sash in place
on August 4, for the Narcissus fundraising event weekend,
Teddy Roosevelt Days 2016. From this vantage point, you can see through
the smoking compartment to view the large leaded stained glass "eyebrow"
on the left side and the pair of restored leaded stained glass windows in the
clerestory. On the exterior, you can see the top of the eyebrow is held in place
with a restored exterior poplar frame and by the face-board between the
restored mahogany passenger window sash. Also, the vertical
tongue-and-groove sheathing is in place surrounding the double
sash/eyebrow assembly. August 4, 2016. PWM

The right side of the Narcissus smoking compartment was prepared
specifically for guest photo opportunities during the benefit event. In
the background of this image is the number 1 end vestibule. One can 
see original bulkhead window sash with brass hinges (left and right), the
center train door, large window sash on either side of the train door, and
lower panels below the sash. These are all original mahogany components
of the Narcissus. August 5, 2016. Patricia Pierce Erikson photo

Original poplar tongue-and-groove vertical sheathing for the number 1 end
dasher, repaired, primed, and ready for finish coats of Pullman Green.
August 8, 2016. 

Original poplar tongue-and-groove vertical sheathing for the number 1 end
with finish coats of Pullman Green. August 12, 2016. PWM

A few of the original poplar exterior arch halves repaired, primed, and joined
together, and ready for finish coats of Pullman Green. Each of these is over
one of the large leaded stained glass "eyebrows" above the double sash
passenger windows. August 13, 2016. PWM

A few of the original poplar exterior arch halves after their finish coats of
Pullman Green. Each of these is over one of the large leaded stained glass
"eyebrows" above the double sash passenger windows.
August 19, 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 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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