Thursday, June 7, 2018

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Completely Restored Narcissus - Planning Has Begun!

1915 Portland-Lewiston Interurban waiting station from
Morrison Hill in West Cumberland, Maine awaits 1906
Connecticut Company No. 1160 at Seashore Trolley Museum
in Kennebunkport, Maine - May 2018 PWM

     Planning for campus improvements at Seashore Trolley Museum turns into the implementation of the plans for campus improvements. This process is not new, it is ongoing, and has been for many years at the Museum. Museum members, individuals, and businesses alike, as well as grantors, continue their generous financial support that allows the Museum to make enhancements to program offerings, infrastructure upgrades and its expansion, track work, and general campus improvements. Thank You!

     One of the campus areas that will be benefitting from general upgrades in the coming months and years, is the Morrison Hill Station area on up towards the Donald G. Curry Town House Restoration Shop and northwesterly, parallel to the mainline from the treeline (where the Burma Shave signs are currently).

     Upgrades started in the Morrison Hill Station area later in the 2017 operating season when the track department began building one-of-two new switches to replaces the two existing switches in the shop yard and shop lead. In addition, Morrison Hill Station window sills, door sill, and some window trim were replaced and painted. The interior and exterior received a new coat of paint. The interior also had flooring installed. The first items for the new Narcissus/PLI display were installed. The remainder of the display was installed in May 2018.

     As work on Morrison Hill Station carried on in the later summer and early fall of 2017, the idea of upgrading the existing border of the path from Morrison Hill Station to the shop began to evolve into a much larger vision to expand the pathway to include visitor respite space, garden areas, and to position visitor access to the area to include visually appealing line of sight for photographing historic electric railway vehicles as they passed by on the mainline with stops at Morrison Hill Station. The improvements that are proposed will be phased in over time.  With the Museum's 80th anniversary year in 2019, Maine's Bicentennial Celebration year in 2020, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony celebration for the Narcissus in the fall of 2021, this area, with its enhancements, will become a visitor-favorite.

     
Schematic of the aerial view of the area from Morrison
Hill Station parallel along Riverside Carhouse and
towards the Donald G. Curry Town House Restoration
Shop. Existing conditions site plan schematic is by Kevin
Downing at KW Architects PC in Wells, ME

This area east of the mainline and north of Morrison Hill
Station will be one of the premium vantage points for seeing
and photographing the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the
Narcissus in the fall of 2021.

View looking north from Morrison Hill Station. A new path
will allow visitors and photographers to walk to the east
from the existing path to access seating areas with fieldstone
and gardens. The new path will then meander north and west
crossing the existing path near the treeline, continuing
northerly and somewhat parallel to the mainline.
(Scroll down to see landscape architect's design)
PWM May 2018

This area will become a prominent vantage point for relaxing
and for taking photos of historic electric railway vehicles
traveling along the Museum's Heritage line, such as seen here
as 1906 Connecticut Company No. 1160 passes by.
PWM May 2018
A panoramic view of the area that will be transformed in the
coming months and years into a premium trolley opps. viewing
vista and visitor respite.

Cobblestones as the border of the entrance area east of
Morrison Hill Station that approaches the Donald G. Curry
Town House Restoration Shop. Notice in the background
one-of-two new switches that the track department has built
to replace the existing switches in the shop lead/yard.
PWM May 2018

Cobblestones as the border of the entrance east of the
Morrison Hill Station approaches the Donald G. Curry Town
House Restoration Shop. PWM May 2018

Cobblestones as the border around Morrison Hill Station
replaced old railroad ties. PWM May 2018

New benches on the Morrison Hill Station platform feature
memorial plates of individuals that were passionate about
seeing the Narcissus restored, but sadly, will not be with us on
the day we celebrate the completed restoration.
PWM May 2018


Lee Johnson is memorialized in this second memorial plate
in the series dedicated to those who were passionate to see
the Narcissus restored. The first plate featured
Daniel Vallee.  PWM May 2018

Saco, ME take a break from removing old railroad ties
and hauling cobblestones to the site. 
PWM May 2018

PWM May 2018

Inside Morrison Hill Station, is a display of the
330-F series Western Electric magneto field
phone. The earlier series, 330-E were used
as emergency phones in the PLI vehicles. A
330-E has been acquired and will be installed
in the Narcissus. PWM May 2018

There is no better venue for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for
the Portland-Lewiston Interurban, No. 14, Narcissus
celebrating the completion of its restoration, then having the
Narcissus  on the tracks, next to the PLI waiting station from
Morrison Hill in West Cumberland prior to making a mainline
trip while full of guests.

Draft concept design by Kevin Downing at
KW Architects PC in Wells, ME

1906 Connecticut Company No. 1160 pauses at 
Morrison Hill Station before continuing its trip to the
visitor center loop. PWM May 2018

path from Morrison Hill Station looking
north towards the Donald G. Curry
Town House Restoration Shop.
PWM May 2018

The final 30 or 40 cobblestones in place
along the east side of the path nearest to the
restoration shop. PWM May 2018

A panoramic view from the path after cobblestones
first replaced railroad ties as the border. PWM May 2018

"Waiting For the Narcissus" by Maine artist,
Wade Zahares. Greeting cards available in the Museum Store.

Wade Zahares painted the original artwork of the greeting
cards in July 2017 when the tiger lilies were in bloom.
PWM photo July 2017

Please Consider a Donation to the Narcissus
and help us see this restoration through to completion!
See below for donation options

Thank You

We Did It!! 

$40,000 Raised!

Your Donations to the Narcissus Combined to Achieve the Goal. 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 is 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, during 2018 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 for our Current Funding Partners
20th Century Electric Railway Foundation - 2017/2014 Matching Grant Challenges
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 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
Scarborough Historical Society - PRR/PLI
* 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 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


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
National Historic Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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