Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Narcissus Restoration Update - Mid-September 2016

Thornton Academy Residential Life student volunteers wire brush the
iron carlines prior to painting with rust inhibitor primer. The remaining
ash wood roof ribs will be removed, assessed, replaced or repaired,
sanded, primed, stained/painted, and reinstalled. PWM

Narcissus with most of the ash wood roof ribs removed. PWM

Thornton Academy Residential Life student volunteers removing nails,
and preparing ash roof ribs for sanding and repairs. PWM

Donald Curry, lead restoration technician for the Narcissus restoration,
is measuring the "bow" in each of the ash wood roof ribs. Some have
become too "flat" and may not be reused. The weight of the two
trolley pole bases flattened some ribs too much to reuse, and perhaps
when a camp over 30 years, snow accumulation caused other roof
ribs to flatten too much? When the time comes, new ash ribs
will be cut and steam-bent to the proper bow to replace the flattened
or unrepairable ribs. PWM

Each end of each ash roof rib was stamped
with markings when removed. These
markings identify the rib number and which
end was on the left/right side of the roof.
There are more than sixty ribs. Here
you see the nail holes that will be filled and
sanded prior to the top being primed and
sides and bottom being stained. PWM

A few of the ash wood roof ribs waiting to have the repaired nail
holes sanded. You can see the ID letters/numbers on these ribs by
looking near the screw holes. PWM

Ash wood roof ribs after repairs and sanding. PWM

Roof ribs, each with their "bow"
measurement. You may notice an end or two
that has not been sanded. These were left
as found, and will be documented as such,
in the archival record of the Narcissus.

Ribs prior to receiving stain/primer.

Stained portion of some ribs. PWM

The gray primer has been applied to the ends and tops of the ribs. The ends
are exposed to the elements and will be painted the same color as the exterior
of the Narcissus, Pullman Green. The tops will accept the nails when the roof
boards are reattached. PWM

Volunteer Jim Mackell making the "blanks" of extensions necessary to replace
those that are missing on the Narcissus. DGC

When finished, each of these blanks will extend from the tops of the
exterior poplar arches that hold the mahogany sash of the leaded
stained glass windows above the passenger windows. These blanks
were cut from vintage poplar that was recovered by
Rousseau Reclaimed Lumber from a "bank barn" that was razed
in Akron, PA See image below. PWM

You can see how one extends from the top of the arch to the right. There is
also one that extends from the top left of the arch as well. Each extension,
similar to each arch, has a series of complicated cuts. One cut that allows for
the back top edge to fit behind the large letter board. One cut that allows to
meet and accept the extension next to it. One cut to accept the vertical
sheathing that fits between the arch and the extension (see above as darker
boards that become shorter as they approach the top of the arch). One cut to
accept and blend into the top of the arch. PWM

Thornton Academy Residential Life student volunteers sanding roof boards.
Vintage poplar will be used to make the tongue and groove roof boards to
replace any missing or unusable roof boards. See below

Volunteers, Jim Mackell and Dick Avy are "grooving"
the vintage poplar for tongue and groove roof boards.

The Narcissus has about half of the original interlocking tiles in place
down the center of the passenger compartment. There is also
a significant amount of the original tiles in the smoking compartment.
Thornton Academy Residential Life student volunteers are vacuuming
the floor, prior to applying layers of materials to the tile to protect it
from foot traffic. PWM

A sheet of plexiglass is in place so that the
tile can be seen. PWM

The Narcissus tile has a neat history. See below PWM

The tile was patented in 1894 by Frank Furness.
Research done by Donald Curry

Thornton Academy Residential Life student volunteers staff a Narcissus
project table at Seashore Trolley Museum's Members' Day event. PWM

Thornton Academy Residential Life student volunteers enjoy a ride
on the 1907 Twin City Rapid Transit No. 1267. PWM

From the Twin City Rapid Transit, Thornton Academy Residential Life
student volunteers will transfer to the 1914 Cleveland Railway No. 1227.

Thornton Academy Residential Life student volunteers enjoy a ride on
the 1914 Cleveland Railway No. 1227. 

Seashore Trolley Museum volunteer operator, John Middleton, is
91 years old, and is explaining to two of the Thornton Academy Residential
student volunteers, that during his working career, he was an aerospace
(I like to say John is a rocket scientist :) and
designed testing equipment that landed safely on the surface of the moon!
This life lesson is teaching that volunteers at the Trolley Museum come
with a wide variety of professional skills. PWM

Volunteer John Middleton operating the 1901 Connecticut Company open
car No. 303 as Thornton Academy Residential Life student volunteers enjoy a
ride to the Pumpkin Patch. 

Thornton Academy Residential Life student volunteers enjoy a
ride on the 1901 Connecticut Company open car No. 303. PWM

Ad in Classic Trains Magazine 8-2016
Ad in Trains Magazine 8-2016

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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