Saturday, March 3, 2018

Narcissus Restoration Work Continues - First Public Lecture 3-4-2018

The left side of the Narcissus as seen from the visitor gallery in the
Donald G. Curry Town House Restoration Shop at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. PWM

     The work to remove each of the bolts that secure the two 37-foot southern yellow pine side sills to their respective channel iron encasements has been challenging. These bolts must be removed so that the side sills can then be separated from the vertical posts and floor mounts. Once separated from the body, the wooden side sills will be separated from the channel-iron encasements. Close inspection and assessment will then be made of the sill and the channel iron, followed by the decision on whether the sills/channels are repairable or will need to be replaced. 

The right side of the Narcissus. PWM

Ernie Eaton has been working hard to remove the bolts
from the side sill. These bolts have been in place since
1912. The build-up of rust has caused the bolts to become
impacted. The head of each bolt was recessed into the sill.

     The removal of these bolts required a variety of tools. A particular tool that may be useful and effective for removing one bolt was not effective with other bolts. The removal of the final 30 or 40 bolts required a special tool that was designed and made by Ernie specifically to address the special nature of the placement and condition of the rusted bolts.

Ernie pointing to the air hammer used effectively to
force-drive some bolts out for removal. PWM

These bolts will not be refurbished and reinstalled. PWM

Using 3-inch channel steel, Ernie created this very effective
tool by welding pieces together in such a way that the tool is
able to cradle a 20-ton hydraulic jack and be used
to extract the rusty bolts from the embedded cocoon. PWM

Ernie's hydraulic jack set-up is in place. PWM

There is a steel plate on the inside resting against the
end of the bolt. As pressure is applied to the jack, the steel
plate presses the end of the bolt. Soon, the head of the bolt
emerges from the recessed hole in the side sill. Then the
bolts can be removed. PWM

The rusty end of a bolt on the inside of the side sill sandwich. PWM

Head of the rusted bolts prior to being removed. PWM

Finally!  Only..... 37 to go :) PWM

     Another project that has moved forward is stripping and repairing the thin, poplar panels that fit up under the soffit of the clerestory roofline, tucked in around the roof ribs on the left side of the Narcissus. 

The red marks show you where the thin poplar panels 
are located.

Some of the poplar panels prior to having the many
layers of paint and varnish removed. PWM

Stripping layers of old paint & varnish is messy work. The notches are
where the roof ribs pass through. PWM

All panels stripped and cleaned and repaired. Several
panels needed "new" old-growth poplar replacement pieces
attached where there were missing sections. PWM

These are scrap pieces of old-growth poplar that were left
over from replacement pieces being made for the ends
were just right for use on the poplar panels. PWM

      The several pieces that needed old-growth poplar replacement repairs were handed over to Seashore Trolley Museum volunteer, Carl Mabee. His dentistry skills have served him well as he applied those talents to become a skilled trolley restoration technician to these 106-year old poplar panels.


Perfect! CM

Smile!!! CM

Incisors are the most challenging. CM

We may need to keep an eye on this one? We'll make
a note in your records to look at this on your next visit. 

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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