Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Narcissus Restoration Update - Mid-September 2016

Thornton Academy Residential Life student volunteers wire brush the
iron carlynes 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.
PWM


Ribs prior to receiving stain/primer.
PWM


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 Akorn, 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
PWM


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

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.
PWM


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


Seashore Trolley Museum volunteer operator, John Middleton, is
91 years old, and is explaining to two of the Thornton Academy Residential
Life 
student volunteers, that during his working career, he was an aerospace
engineer 
(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. 
PWM


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


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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. 


More than Halfway There!!!
 ...to our $40,000 Matching Grant
Challenge Goal! - Please Help us reach the Goal by making a Donation Today to the
Narcissus Project Fund!


Thank You to our Current Funding Partners
* 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation - 2014/2016 Matching Grant Challenges
Thornton Academy (Saco, ME) - Staff & Alumni - Matching Grant Challenge
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 2015/2016
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


The Narcissus, with interior back-lit, stained glass windows are majestic.
Make a donation today, and it will be matched, dollar-for-dollar!
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 - See Options Below

$40,000 Matching Grant Challenge
to Benefit the
Narcissus Project!!

The 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation
has made a most generous challenge to raise funds
to benefit the Narcissus Project.

20th Century Electric Railway Foundation
will match, dollar-for-dollar, donations
made to the Narcissus Project Fund 816-A, to a 
maximum of $40,000!!!

With the combination of new donations and the
matching donations, a total of $80,000
will be raised for restoration work on the
National Register of Historic Places Treasure,
Narcissus!

See below for Donation options -

It starts with YOU....
Make a Donation TODAY....
Your Donation will Be MATCHED
Dollar-for-Dollar....

Please Help the Narcissus

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.
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


Donation Options to Help Restore the Narcissus:


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 online through PayPal with
a PayPal account or by using a Credit Card: Click her to make an
online donation - with PayPal you can use email:
finance@NEERHS.org and in the message box write:
For Narcissus fund 816-A

Donation of Securities ***** We also except 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 dontaion 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 :)

Narcissus - July 31, 2015. Make a donation today, and it will be matched,
dollar-for-dollar! 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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