Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Perhaps You Should Have a Seat First? - The Making of 20 Seats for the Narcissus - From Scratch!

Interior of the 1912, Laconia Car Company-built, Portland-Lewiston Interurban,
No. 10, Arbutus. Laconia built cars nos. 10, 12, 14, and 16. Wason built Nos.
18, 20, and 22. There are a few minor differences between the Laconia-built
interurbans and the Wason-built interurbans. The position of the seat handles on
the seat-back, and the shape of the handles, are two of the slight differences
that help identifying which manufacturer built a particular car. This image has
the viewer peering down the aisle towards the number one end of the Arbutus.
We know this because the walls, on either side of the doorway have no windows,
so the doorway will lead the passengers to the smoking compartment which is
located at the number one end of the interurbans.
Image from Seashore Trolley Museum 

Ever seek estimates for a major project at home or work on your car/truck? What's your first thought when the opening statement from the contractor is, "Perhaps you should have seat first"..? Aaahhh yes, you recall that feeling. Well, with a major restoration project like we have here with the Narcissus, there are a number of these awkward moments of discovery throughout the process. Estimates have begun to come in, for foundry work alone....looking at the $10,000 and up, range to make the cast pieces.... yes, I'm sitting down as I type this blog post :)
Today's blog post takes us through the opening segment of the Narcissus Seat Saga....

Even though the Narcissus is in the midst of major work on the exterior of the body at Town House Restoration Shop in Kennebunkport, ME, , we are looking ahead towards the next phase of the restoration of this beautiful, classic, wooden interurban. One of the major tasks ahead is the, making from scratch, all 20 of the 19" by 31" reversible transverse seats (for 40 riders). We will also need to make the two 18" by 32" longitudinal seats that are next to the wall that divides the smoking compartment from the main passenger compartment (for four riders). These seats were all upholstered with green plush. In addition, we will need to build the two 18"-wide, leather-covered longitudinal seats (for 8 riders) that belong in the smoking compartment. In total, the Narcissus will seat 52 riders.

This blog post will be the first in a series, that follows the progress of making the 20 "walk-over" seats. 

These first three images will show us some details of the seats when they were used while in service on the PLI cars between Portland, Maine and Lewiston, Maine from 1914 through 1933. The captions will explain some differences between the seats in the Laconia-built cars compared to the Wason-built cars.

Interior of the 1912, Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 16, Clematis. This
image has the viewer peering down the aisle towards the number two end of
the Clematis. We know this because the adjoining walls, on either side of the
doorway where the conductor/motorman is standing, has windows.
This doorway will lead the passengers to the vestibule and the exit from the
car on the number two end. Image from Seashore Trolley Museum 

Interior of the 1912, Wason Manufacturing Company-built,
Portland-Lewiston Interurban, No. 20, Magnolia. Notice the difference when
looking for handles at the corners of the seat-backs. Compare to the images
above, of the Laconia-built seat-backs. This image has
the viewer peering down the aisle towards the number one end of the
Magnolia. We know this because the adjoining walls on either side of the
doorway have no windows, so the doorway will lead the passenger to
the smoking compartment which is located at the number one end of the
interurbans. Image from Seashore Trolley Museum 

The 20 seats in the Narcissus were manufactured by the
Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Company in Wakefield, MA.
This is an advertisement that features an image of a seat that resembles
the seats that we will be making from scratch for the Narcissus. There are
some variations, but many similarities. Compare this seat to the seats in
the first two images above. The pedestal (outer "leg"" seen here is not the
style used in the Narcissus.
From an ad in The Daily Railway Age, June 22, 1900
posted in Classic Trains Magazine  "Heywood-Wakefield Building" by wanswheel
Monday, October 13, 2014
This seat is not anything like the seats in the Narcissus, but the pedestal is
very similar to the ones used in the Narcissus.
From an ad in the Electric Railway Journal, March 16, 1928

posted in Classic Trains Magazine  "Heywood-Wakefield Building" by wanswheel 
Monday, October 13, 2014

So, where so you start? First you take a look at what you have that may have been in the Narcissus originally. The Narcissus came out of service from the PLI in 1933 and it's whereabouts, and the purpose it served, is a mixed bag of information until Mr. J. Henri Vallee purchased the body in 1939. The Narcissus was already in Sabattus, Maine by that time, and Mr Vallee made the Narcissus the family summer camp. There were some seats in the body and he stored those seats in a shed in the back yard. Those seats made it to Seashore and were in storage. Those seats and others that either were on the Museum campus in storage, or installed in cars, were examined. One seat back and one seat cushion from the Narcissus collection of seats were dissected and other parts assembled that would ultimately make a whole. The metal pieces would need to be taken to a couple of foundries to have estimates. Estimates would include the cost for the original pattern and then costs to produce each piece from each pattern. 

There are also all the other components that make up the seats that are wooden or other materials. The Mohair Plush as an example.

So, here is a series of images taking us through some of these early steps. Following the list of images will be the initial report by lead restoration technician for the Narcissus, Donald Curry, (slightly edited).

You make a parts list, write up
observations, take
measurements, perhaps sketch an
image, and take pictures
for documentation. PWM

Seats may seam very similar on the outside, but the
interior components may vary greatly. PWM















The Mohair Plush is woven similar to how a carpet is made.
PWM
Mohair Plush. PWM





This is the correct handle
assemble for the Narcissus. PWM




There are many different spring styles, shapes, diameter of
of the wire may differ. How the springs attach to pieces inside.
Catalogue all these things and develop a list of parts. PWM




You can see to the right, the imprint of the original pedestal and the
screw hole pattern for mounting the pedestal to the floor. We match
up the correct pedestal to the pattern, style, height, etc.
The pedestal in this image is not the correct one, by the way :) PWM
Then it's off to a foundry with the parts so the foundry can access and
develop a price to make a pattern and also to make the individual pieces.
This is Mike Blais on the left and Seashore Trolley Museum volunteer Ernie
Eaton on the right. Ernie is holding a correct pedestal for the Narcissus.
Image by Donald Curry



Detachable seat back casting. DGC

There are other components for the Narcissus, other than just seat components, that will also need to be cast. Samples of those items were also dropped off or sent up via USPS. 


Truss rod bracket DGC



Front door step plate - DGC




24 October 2016

To: Those interested in the restoration of PLI Interurban 14, Narcissus
Re: Seating for the Narcissus
From: Donald G. Curry
                  Restoration Project Manager

This is a detailed collection of all the details we have been able to find on 14’s seating.

Strategy:
We feel that, since the seats are a sort of stand-alone phase of the restoration, we set a goal of a small number (2?) of finished seats to be used as an example of what we can do. They could even be a remote presence where the body will never go. The foundries are aware of this and their policy is to produce one of each part as a sample before making a complete run. Some of the items will require patterns, which will make the first piece expensive but, in the long run, may make the job less expensive and higher quality. Some pieces may not require any pattern except for the original serving as only a minimal one.[1]

Depending on the size and complexity of each component may be (not necessarily a casting), it may be necessary to purchase the entire quantity while for others only what is necessary for the  ‘display seats’ will be ok.[2] (We are also considering spreading the word out to the trolley/rr ‘industry’ to see if other groups might be interested in joining in.)

We understand that the car body had been stripped of its seating when it was deaccessioned by the PLI or by the Vallees when it came to the Sabbatus site.

Sometime after the replacement house was constructed, while I was on a visit there, Mrs. Vallee presented me with several seat components some covered in mohair green plush (two different shades). She also gave me some white painted trim pieces (probably for the vestibules), which have since been intermingled with the other parts.

We took the seats believing that they were from the Narcissus. But O. R. Cummings (and possibly someone else) said the ‘seats were from other trolleys in the area’. We have looked at these seats and it does appear that some were from the Narcissus.

There are two types of seat backs, one in a ‘forest?’ green’, with four other backs in a sort of ‘olive’ green.
There are also two types of seat cushions, also in similar shades. (Some other seat backs are in a greener shade and heavier overall construction, much too big for 14.) At this point we[3] have examined those components as well as studying cars with similar seating: BRB & L (?no.)[4], 38, 70, 610, 4175.

While we know the seats were manufactured by the Heywood Bros. & Wakefield Co., they could have been made in a myriad of styles. The catalog examples we have vary in one way or another from the three images we have of what must have been in car 14 while in service (or the other 3 Laconia-built cars).

14’s seats had an ornate wooden arm rest[5] on the aisle side with the other side screwed against the wall, (with a no. 523 seat end) ¾ in wainscoting. (20 seats) The catalog illustrations show the division of the backs into two or three sections. The 3 photos we do have of the PLI Laconia interiors show an undivided back, of the walk-over style. The aisle sides are supported by heavy cast-iron pedestals and held to the floor by eight screws in an oval pattern[6]. 14’s seats had one arm rest and likely have two round footrests[7]. The catalogue sheets show some of the seats with detachable backs which slip over the arms of the walkover seats. Initially we couldn’t tell for certain if that style was what was in 14. Some of the seat backs we got from Mrs. Vallee were detachable and show the patent dates of 7 and 14 of February 1901. There are traces in the floor of two longitudinal seats with a separate pedestal and the end fastened to the no. 2 bulkhead.

What shall we use as our model? Manchester 38 (Laconia 1906) came with a complete set of seats, albeit, very worn and dried out. The car was given a major rebuilding about 1965(?), which included reupholstering the seats with genuine mohair.[8]  38 has decorative aisle-side seat end castings and plain ones screwed to the wainscot side. Because 14’s aisle side is covered with the decorative wood armrest assembly, the wall side casting can be reversed into an aisle-side one.


A close example of 14’s original
seating
38’s cross seat cushion and
back.














                                       

The cushions we fabricate for Narcissus will essentially be like this one but the back will not have the ‘head roll’ division. The upholstery of the back will smoothly curve from the bottom to be tacked over on the top and will not be detachable except by removing the four wood screws on each side.

Based on the search we made of possible seat styles, the most adaptable appears to be the Heywood Wakefield “Wheeler” seat style in Manchester car 38, particularly because we have a complete set. We determined that it could be easily disassembled and its components used as patterns (directly) or patterns from which replacements could be cast[9]. However, as we study the photos of the interior of a Laconia-built car with those from Mrs. Vallee, we have found the seat backs were ‘quick detachable’ style. At this point we are now studying the long, screwed-on, non-detachable arms on 38’s seats. They are more delicate and more attractive than the detachable style in which the arms are ‘stubby’ and hidden by the hollow seat anchors. Because we are only at the estimating stage we can get some idea of their cost. Looking very carefully at the illustration on p. 5 you can see the difference.

We also studied 4175’s seat backs, which were re-fabricated from wider Illinois Central RR seats fitted with only the arms but not the detachable sockets on them originally. Looking at them with ‘fresh eyes’, the sides look like there is something missing; the wider socket would have filled the space better.

 We contacted Auburn Stove Foundry (Mike Blais – New Gloucester) and Enterprise Foundry (Leo Ferland) Lewiston. We disassembled two crossseats and, on 20 October, took one set of castings to each of the two foundries for cost estimates. We told them that both would be asked to submit their estimates in time for our 1 November deadline. We were given a very interesting tour of Enterprise and had useful discussions with both.


ar 38’s – 521 Rocker assembly, back arm, links, hooks and tubing,
522 seat end (not to be used--523 use instead)

The “Wheeler” seat ends (523) will not be used. Instead the one from the other end (wall side) will be duplicated and reversed with the wood armrest covering the aisle side. The bronze grab handle on the back will be different from the angled one, using a Brill seat as a pattern.


Decorative seat end (523) – we will not use this style.


Similar Heywood Brothers seats
Heyward Bros and Wakefield seat Ad






   


















Old style Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn RR Seat with wood
armrest, similar in style to those in Narcissus.
Use as example. Rosettes?


Laconia built interurban
How many seats were there? Initially we counted 9 seat backs on each side. But O. R. Cummings’ book says there are 10, plus the two longitudinal ones on the no. 2 end. Finally we carefully cleared and swept the floor and found the requisite number of oval shaped marks and screw holes opposite each of the 10 double sashes in the passenger compartment.
There appears to be a cushion with square corners fixed to the bulkhead. We got a pair from Vallee’s and they appear to be the right size but there are no marks in the panels to show anything was ever fastened there.
The seat at the bulkhead appears to be located with the ‘point’ of the seat pedestal about 12 in. away. The proposed seat assemblies will fit very well in that space and probably never were ‘walked over’; only facing backward toward the no. 2 end.
But then what about the extra wall cushions? They’re in excellent condition (except for the mohair, which has some moth damage).
Based on this we revised our original estimate of castings required to that which appears in this report.


Detachable back hardware – This image shows the long bronze seat
grab handles with the pressed brass top channel running across the top.
The vertical end is short with the joint about 6 in. long covering the wood
half-oval wrapped in mohair.

Above is the non-detachable seat back ‘arm’ of the old style borrowed
from 38. The patent dates are only on one of each pair of seats. If this
were detachable it would be plain and stubbier with no screw holes.


Grab handle with extended half-oval brass ends and socket
for detachable back. Note the rectangular hole for the arm.
This is close to what was used in 14. The angled handle is
what is in 38.


Two different sizes of detachable back sockets.
The upper one would work for 14.
Note the upper more olive green mohair. Is that Pullman Green?
The lower green is Illinois Central green.


Above is the correct handle for 14. It is from
STM Brill seats of which there are about six in
the “Butler” garage on STM campus.


The dark area ahead of the seat closest to the bulkhead
could be the ‘mysterious’ cushion to be mounted on
the bulkhead. There are two clips on the ones we
have (from Mrs. Vallee), but no evidence of screw
holes. There is another small clip on one side of the
sample.

 In the above image - Wood arm rests in Laconia-built PLI car. Similar to those on the BRB & L but uses ‘squared posts’ and plain armrests.

Back support arms, links, hooks and cross tubes




The arms in the above image are connected to the links by loose rivets, enabling them to move when the seat is ‘walked over’. These can be drilled out. (Note that the heads are non-standard and may have to be turned on a lathe.)
The hooks and links come as two pairs per seat. It looks as if they are pressed or shrunk onto the connecting tubes which were turned down on the ends to fit the bearing ‘cups’ on the seat ends. It looks as if they can be heated, to be removed. There is no evidence of a pin holding them.




Remnants of original seating: We have examined the remnants (evidence) of the original seating in Narcissus’ passenger compartment still remaining:
·       Impressions on the no. 2 bulkheads - 2
·       In the impressions on the side wainscot panel seats
·       Impressions on the floor in two oval configurations—one for each of the 20 cross seats in the passengers compartment and one in each of the two corner seats.
·       Wall cushions (2) on the passenger side of the smoker bulkhead-still looking for traces. There may not be any.

The seats in car 38 are the closest we have that can be combined and modified to work with various components to create reasonable facsimiles for 14. Upholstered pieces also provide evidence of original techniques, which can be derived from ‘samples’ that came with Narcissus, which still may not have been original.

21 October 2016
Portland-Lewiston Interurban Car 14 – Narcissus
Cast Iron Seat Components (Revised after re-counting the seats)

Casting
No.
Part name
No. Pieces
Required
Pattern required?
Price
Individual
price
Quantity
price
523
Seat End
44



529
Footrest Bracket
40



525
Pedestal
22



519
Back arm – “A”
22



520
Back arm – “B”
22



519
Links & hooks –A
22



520
Links & hooks – B
22



521
Rockers
44




Heater Bracket
44




Heater end-round holes
22




Heater end-square holes
22










Proceeding from here:

Parts needed: Crosswise and longitudinal (totals 20 + 2)
Seat base and reversing mechanisms
“Colonial” armrest assemblies (wood) (20)      
Wall side end casting (no. 523)            (44) Use for both wall and aisle sides
Aisle side end casting (or pressing) wood screws to this (22)
Rocker casting  (no. 529)      (40)
Rocking casting ‘hooks’, links and rods-Left & Rt.
Back support arm castings (links) (probably left & rt.?)
Back support arms  (No. 519 & 520)(left & rt?)
Heater end castings-round holes (20)
Heater end castings-square holes (20)
Heater mounting bracket (40)
Pedestal casting (no. 525) (22) definitely needs pattern and core
Footrest bracket (no. 529) (22)
Diamond shape side supports (ash) (44)
Possible isolated supporting bracket from Sabbatus-where is it?

Seat cushions (20 + 2 pcs.)
Wood frames (ash)
Coil springs (cone shape) (0.125 wire) 300 pcs.
Corrugated spring supports (0.015 spring steel)________
Spring steel reinforcement strips (1 x 12 in.)  ________
Horsehair or cotton batting
Burlap strips
Canvas under
Mohair upholstery
Perforated steel pin locating strips (44 pcs)


Seat backs (no ‘head roll’ for car 14) (22 pcs.)
Seat back handle (40) Bronze
Top protective strip
Wood frame
Coil springs (hourglass shape) (0.080 wire) (300 pcs.)
Horsehair padding
Cotton backing
Canvas under
Mohair upholstery
Non-reversing (2 pcs.) special back framing (may be able to use new cross seats) If we use them.

Major components required for seat restoration:
Iron castings
Brass seat back handles
Wood (probably ash for all) Native, air dried
Springs (contract)
Coil
0.125
0.080

Significant steps in fabrication
Machining castings
Wood frames – design, obtain ash for framing
Mill ash and cut what is needed for full sets

                  Springs – assemble
Install assemblies in framing

Upholstering including backing and padding
Assemble


Smoker seats (Because these are very different, we will treat them separately at some time in the appropriate future.)
Bench type longitudinal with leather upholstery and fixed back (2 pcs. 6 ft.)
Probably supported by wood posts?
May have lifted up
Coil springs, padding, etc.

Under-seat heaters
We removed and partially disassembled two seat assemblies because it was convenient at this time to take them to the foundry. They are in good condition but, for fear of poor auxiliary wiring there could be a fire, they were not connected. We will still have the information needed for having new ones cast.



[1] Shrinkage of cast iron is 1/8 in./ft. This may not be a significant number for most pieces.
[2] Examples – specially tinted mohair upholstery, custom coil springs, corrugated spring steel plates
[3] Ernie Eaton & Donald Curry
[4] Some of the B R B & L cars ended up on the East Broad Top RR. I contacted Joel Salomon who’s active in the adjacent Railways to Yesteryear, asking the probable date of those to confirm the seats.
[5] Colonial pattern. Oak, cherry or mahogany. Decorative ‘rosettes’?
[6] Many of the screw holes remain in the floor as well as enough visible outlines of the oval shaped pedestals to establish their locations.
[7] 1 ¼ in. round ash about 30 in. long
[8] When 396 was being restored by Otto Preminger for The Cardinal, a large supply of mohair upholstery was purchased from the Maine Central RR (remains from their passenger equipment supply). So, 38 was re-upholstered and there still remains a significant roll which is in store in my attic (after being rescued from the Bunkhouse attic). Mae Minnich did a lot of the work including the upholstering of the half-oval seat back trim. We were inexperienced at re-upholstering seats so we used what seemed to be the best available, foam rubber for padding. It is too soft so the mohair is somewhat loose.
[9] Fortunately the wiring and reassembling of 38 was still underway so the car would not be used for service before next spring anyway.


A Benefit Event For the Narcissus Project!

2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days at Seashore Trolley Museum

Click Here: For Full Schedule of All Activities  July 21-23 and online ticket sales to the Friday Opening Gala 

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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