Sunday, March 25, 2018

Act 2: This Stage of the Narcissus Restoration Adventure Started in 1999 😲

1906 Atlantic Shore Line Railway electric locomotive
No. 100 at its ribbon-cutting ceremony 9-25-2009,
celebrating the completed restoration of the National Register
of Historic Places member. Photo courtesy of Ed Ramsdell

     The first post in this series described how a plan in 1999 to apply for Federal and State funding for the restoration of the 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 14, Narcissus was amended to having the initial application push be for restoring the 1906 Atlantic Shore Line Railway electric locomotive No. 100. 

     This post presents the lists of products and outcomes that came from the ASL-100 as of the end of 2009. Those materials would be key pieces of evidence to include with the 2010 TEA-21 application for the Narcissus:
  • Complete restored and operating electric locomotive ASL-100
  • Curatorial records of complete restoration in a variety of formats (written, digital stills, and digital video)
  • A new exhibit at Seashore Trolley Museum - "History in Motion-Public Transportation Connecting Maine Communities"
  • A new traveling display exhibit with panels
  • A new education initiative - "History in Motion-Discovering History and Science through Public Transportation"
  • A new collections survey report of relevant primary historical materials associated with the ASLRy (Atlantic Shore Line Railway)
  • A new exhibit at Brick Store Museum - "Pennies To Ride-The Kennebunks' Turn-Of-The-Century Trolleys"
  • A new online exhibit hosted by Maine Memory Network "Era of Electric Railways"
  • A new online image presence for the Kennebunkport Historical Society hosted by the Maine Memory Network Visitor exhibit room
  • More than $180,000 in donations/income for the project
  • More than 3,500 volunteer hours reported (estimated another 3,000 hours of unreported volunteer labor)
  • Visitor Center Exhibit Room repainted and the addition of track lighting with dimmer adjustments
  • New collaborations with museum and exhibit professionals
  • New or enhanced collaborations with various organizations including:
  1. Maine Department of Transportation
  2. Brick Store Museum
  3. Kennebunkport Historical Society
  4. Sanford Historical Committee
  5. Maine Department of Education
  6. Boston Museum of Science
  7. Maine Historical Society/Maine Memory Network
  8. York County Community College
  9. Mildred L. Day School
  • Association of Railway Museums' Railway Museum Quarterly series of articles
  • YouTube-hosted ASL-100 project video clips (288 clips w/running time of 13.8 hours
  • YouTube-hosted, student-conducted & edited, oral history interview clips @ project ceremony
  • New or enhanced associations with materials/services providers
  • New or enhanced connections with local and state government 
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine, has restored the 1906 Atlantic Shore Line electric locomotive No. 100. The first video clip below describes the class of 5th-grade students that worked together on collecting oral history interviews during September 25, 2009, ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completed restoration of the locomotive and its companion exhibit; History in Motion: Public Transportation Connecting Maine Communities. The student-led interviews were part of a Service Learning project the students designed for Seashore Trolley Museum. For more on Service Learning go to  Video images captured and edited by 5th-grade students from Mildred L. Day School in Arundel, ME. The electric locomotive project was funded in large part with resources made available through the Maine Department of Transportation via the Federal Transportation Enhance Act of the 21st Century (TEA-21). Matching funds were raised from a variety of sources, including a large number of generous Museum volunteers. Significant donations came from Amherst Railway Society, Kennebunk Savings Bank, National Railway Historical Society, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, Kennebunkport Business Association, Ocean National Bank, and The 470 Railroad Club. The major local sponsor for the project is the H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award made available through the Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc. (Mass Bay RRE). 
Click Here: For more on the ASL-100 restoration project in the first blog post.

Service Learning Project at
Seashore Trolley Museum 9-25-09

Below is the list of individuals that were interviewed. The list is in alphabetical order, the last name first. The list is followed by live links to each individual, also in alphabetical order.

Gilles Auger

Judy Avy

Malcolm Bustin

Dann Chamberlin

O. R. Cummings

Ralph Day

Tom Dow

Patricia Pierce Erikson

John Fatula

Bryce Fedder

Richard Ford

Lawrence Furbish

Andy Furlong

Colleen Furlong

Heather Harris

Chris Healy

David Holmstock

Alan Jayne

Kurt Jergensen

Esther Johnson

Karl Johnson

Deloris Mackell

Jim Mackell

Joseph Maloney

Larry Mead

John Middleton

Phil Morse

Joan Nass

Win Nowell

Steve Ogden

Samantha & Amy Perry

Paul Pottle

Charles Publicover

Ed Ramsdell

Lloyd Rosevear

Sheila Rosevear

David Sanderson

Tom Santarelli

Russ Silva

Lester Stephenson, Jr.

Senator Nancy Sullivan

Paul Sullivan

Tom Tello

Kim Traina

Leigh Webb

Rick Wolf

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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