Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Portland Railroad - Westbrook, Gorham, & South Windham Revisited

 In preparation for the Westbrook electrification, four
double-truck open trolley cars were
built during 1892 in PRR's own Bennett Street carhouse
shop on Munjoy Hill for use specifically in Westbrook.
Seen here is No. 77, one of the four open cars built in 1892.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
 O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_36_040

     Photo and research resources used in this blog post are courtesy of Seashore Trolley Museum's Library; specifically from the O. R. Cummings Collection and Phil Morse (PWM), and O. R. Cummings books, "Portland Railroad" Part 1, 1957, and Part 2, 1959, and the Osher Maps Library at the Smith Center for Cartographic Education at University of Southern Maine Portland Campus, 314 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101.

     Monument Square in Portland, Maine was the hub for all the early horse-drawn and electric railway systems running into and out of Portland. This blog features the high-speed, luxury interurban, No. 14, Narcissus of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban (PLI) that is now being restored at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. The Narcissus and nine other Maine vehicles used on electric railways have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. Though we are deep into the research of information and materials related to the PLI and the Narcissus for use in creating the interpretation portion of the Narcissus project, it's too hard to resist posting other interesting electric railway tidbits from Maine's transportation history. With that in mind,  from 1914 until 1933, the Narcissus, as a PLI interurban, did operate into and out of Monument Square to pick up and discharge passengers. As we approach Maine's Bicentennial year (2020), this blog will release posts that relate to many electric railway operations throughout the State of Maine. One of the first in the series will be a more comprehensive look at the Portland Railroad. The 470 Railroad Club in Portland will host a public presentation on the history of the Portland Railroad beginning at 7 p.m. on October 17, 2018, at 75 State Street, Portland, Maine; entrance to the meeting hall is on Gray Street between Gray & Park Street.

      This blog post is one that will be a bit of a teaser towards that presentation at the 470 Railroad Club next month and will show a few images of the Portland Railroad system as it first serviced Westbrook, then later expanded to serve the communities of Gorham and So. Windham.

     Click Here to go to the post: Maine Bicentennial - Portland Railroad: A History of Public Transportation 1860-1941
     Click Here to go to the post: Portland Railroad - Forest Avenue to Riverton Park Revisited
     Click Here to go to the post: Portland Railroad - Congress St. Revisited: Monument Sq.-Union Sta
     Click Here to go to the post: Portland Railroad - South Portland & Cape Elizabeth Revisited
     Click Here to go to the post: Portland Railroad - Munjoy Hill Revisited
     Click Here to go to the post: Trolleys Through Scarborough, Maine
     Click Here to go to the post: Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 14, West Falmouth, Maine

Stroudwater Village had horsecar trolley service starting in 
August of 1891. Stroudwater, like Deering, was originally
a part of Westbrook, and later annexed to Portland.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
 O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_31_043

Stroudwater - August 31, 2018 - PWM
Church on the left is the same structure in the photo above.

     Westbrook, Maine - Late in 1891, the Portland Railroad was successful in receiving authority to build the Westbrook Extension. Two routes were considered; the first was extending the line from Stroudwater, along Westbrook Road to Westbrook. The second route and the one selected, extended from Woodford's Corner in Deering, through Woodford Street, and along Brighton Avenue to Cumberland Mills and Westbrook.  In June 1891, the Portland Railroad had electrified its Deering line.  The new Westbrook line extension would open as an electrified line on June 29, 1892.

The Westbrook line of the Portland Railroad was
electrified before the Munjoy Hill section in Portland.
Most of the early electric cars for Westbrook operations
were kept in the Beckett Street carbarn on Munjoy Hill.
Here is an image of horses towing an electrified
trolley from the Beckett Street carbarn on its way to
Monument Square. Monument Square was electrified and the
Westbrook bound car could then be used on the Westbrook
line. This horse transfer took place until 1895.
Courtesy of  O.R. Cummings book,
"Portland Railroad - Part 1" April 1957.

Postcard date stamped July 10, 1911, showing a PRR trolley
car on Main Street in Westbrook, ME. The stone building on
the right is Walker Public Library at 795 Main Street.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_36_030

Walker Library at 795 Main Street Westbrook.
Image from Google Maps 2018

The Westbrook line was a busy line in the early years
of operation and it was customary for several years for an open
trolley car such as No. 77 seen here, using a former open
horsecar trolley as a trailer to carry the increase in passengers
during the very busy summer season.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_36_057 

No. 175 at the end of the line on the western end of Main
Street in Westbrook. Tolley pole is set up for a return to
Portland c 1930 - Westbrook Tire Shop offering Fisk Tires
in the background - right. No. 175 was built for the PRR by
the J. G. Brill Co., in Philadelphia, PA in 1902.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_36_039

Portland Railroad No. 155 is a 14-bench, double-truck
open trolley car built for the PRR in 1901 by the J. G.
Brill Co., in Philadelphia, PA. Seen here probably on the
Westbrook-Gorham line loading passengers for a lovely
summer trip to Portland.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_36_061

     Gorham, Maine - Three years after the Portland Railroad (PRR) opened its Westbrook line, the PRR organized the Portland Extension Railroad in July 1895, in order to extend the line 4 miles to Gorham. Legal issues stalled plans until January 1901, when the PRR gained stock control of the Westbrook, Windham & Naples Railway. A route from Mosher's Corner to Gorham Village was laid out and construction began. On June 21, 1901, the first electric car entered the village, followed on June 26 by another car carrying a party of about 30 Eastern Starr members and one Railroad Commissioner. Regular service followed.

Central Square Gorham, ME - June 1901
J. A. Waterman Glass Plate Negative Collection

Central Square, Gorham, ME - June 1901
J. A. Waterman Glass Plate Negative Collection

Central Square, Gorham, ME
Image from Google Maps 2018

Home on left is at 48 Main Street, Gorham 1904
J. A. Waterman Glass Plate Negative Collection

 Home on left is at 48 Main Street, Gorham, ME
Image from Google Maps 2018

Central Square, Gorham
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_36_060

Corner of Main and South Sts, Gorham, ME
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_36_044

A busy day in Gorham, ME as five 14-bench open trolley
cars, each with at least 75 passengers, are in line preparing to
leave Central Square.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_36_058

     South Windham, Maine - The Portland Railroad had competitors for providing electric railway service to Westbrook, Gorham, and South Windham. These challenges were part of what caused delays in construction. One of the competitors was the Westbrook, Windham & Naples Railway (first known as the Westbrook, Windham & Harrison Railway) fist graded a right-of-way from Westbrook to South Windham in the fall of 1898; following the old Gorham Road from Westbrook to Mosher's Corner and then continuing on to South Windham. By early July of 1899, rails had been laid from Westbrook to Mosher's Corner and overhead was being erected. Early in August, the first trolley car was tested on the line. The grand opening in South Windham took place on August 17, 1899. Stock control of the Westbrook, Windham, & Naples Railway was achieved by the PRR in January 1901.

No. 3 was one of the two original closed trolley cars built in
1899 by the American Car Company in St. Louis, MO for the
Westbrook, Windham & Naples Railway.  c 1899
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_36_051

No. 3 clearly had trouble staying on the tracks this day.
c 1899
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_36_052

An open trolley car in South Windham. The sign reads, J. H. 
Kilgore - Livery. 
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_36_049

Passengers traveling on trolley cars heading to and returning
from the Westbrook line (South Windham, Gorham, and
Westbrook) to access parts of Portland would travel
along Brighton Avenue to Woodford Street then
to Woodford's Corner. Seen here is the intersection of
Brighton Ave. and Woodford St where 
Woodford Street is on the left of the gas station. The trolley
is stopped on Brighton Ave. where Colonial Road
connects.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_31_017

No. 158 in the snow with destination sign; South Windham
via Brighton Avenue. 158 was built in 1901 by the
J. G. Brill Co., for operation on the Westbrook line of PRR.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_36_062

Half of the original electric trolley car fleet of the Westbrook,
Windham & Naples Railway. No. 4 open trolley
and No. 1 closed trolley with a trailer that was a
horsecar from the Boston West End system. 
The trailer was scrapped immediately following the PRR
takeover of the WW&N Railway. This image c 1900
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_36_067

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 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 - 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.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Portland Railroad - Forest Avenue to Riverton Park Revisited

Inside the power station on the corner of Forest Avenue
and Marginal Way where electricity was generated
for the electric trolley cars of the Portland Railroad,
Portland, Maine. c 1910
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_30_073

     Photo and research resources used in this blog post are courtesy of Seashore Trolley Museum's Library; specifically from the O. R. Cummings Collection and Phil Morse (PWM), and O. R. Cummings books, "Portland Railroad" Part 1, 1957, and Part 2, 1959.

     Monument Square in Portland, Maine was the hub for all the early horse-drawn and electric railway systems running into and out of Portland. This blog features the high-speed, luxury interurban, No. 14, Narcissus of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban (PLI) that is now being restored at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. The Narcissus and nine other Maine vehicles used on electric railways have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. Though we are deep into the research of information and materials related to the PLI and the Narcissus for use in creating the interpretation portion of the Narcissus project, it's too hard to resist posting other interesting electric railway tidbits from Maine's transportation history. With that in mind,  from 1914 until 1933, the Narcissus, as a PLI interurban, did operate into and out of Monument Square to pick up and discharge passengers. As we approach Maine's Bicentennial year (2020), this blog will release posts that relate to many electric railway operations throughout the State of Maine. One of the first in the series will be a more comprehensive look at the Portland Railroad. The 470 Railroad Club in Portland will host a public presentation on the history of the Portland Railroad beginning at 7 p.m. on October 17, 2018, at 75 State Street, Portland, Maine; entrance to the meeting hall is on Gray Street between Gray & Park Street.

     This blog post is one that will be a bit of a teaser towards that presentation at the 470 Railroad Club next month and will show a few images of the Portland Railroad system along Forest Avenue and at Riverton Park.

     Click Here to go to the post: Maine Bicentennial - Portland Railroad - A History of Public Transportation 1860-1941
     Click Here to go to the post: Portland Railroad - Westbrook, Gorham & So. Windham Revisited
     Click Here to go to the post: Portland Railroad - Congress Street Revisited: Monument Sq.-Union 
     Click Here to go to the post: Portland Railroad - South Portland & Cape Elizabeth Revisited
     Click Here to go to the post: Portland Railroad - Munjoy Hill Revisited
     Click Here to go to the post: Trolleys Through Scarborough, Maine


Horse-drawn trolley cars were known as horsecars
when they first started carrying passengers in 1864
along Forest Avenue as they headed on past
Evergreen Cemetery to Morrill's Corner.
Map from O. R. Cummings books,
"Portland Railroad" Part 1, 1957

1897 builder's photo taken at the J. G. Brill Co. of Portland
Railroad's No. 139. For many years, the cars of the PRR
were painted different colors according to the line or
division on which they were operated.  The Deering cars
were yellow. About 1920, the company settled on one paint
scheme for all divisions. Red body with white and blue
trimming and gold leaf numerals. Roofs were gray. The
company name was omitted when cars were repainted in
these colors. Image from O. R. Cummings books,
"Portland Railroad" Part 1, 1957

Once electrified, the Deering Division of the Portland Railroad
was expanded over the years to serve many of the greater-
Portland-area communities.
Map from O. R. Cummings books,
"Portland Railroad" Part 1, 1957

The front dasher of the open car no. 131, reads, BELT LINE.
The North Deering Belt Line was a popular outing in Portland
for many years. The trip was 5.6 miles and took just an hour
from Monument Square to travel the loop and return
to Monument Square.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_31_042

In 1908, a large brick, seven-track carhouse was
built on Steven's Avenue, near Morrills' Corner.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_30_010

No. 212 was built for the Portland Railroad in 1910 by
the J. G. Brill Co. in Philadelphia, PA. Seen here heading to
Monument Square while passing by what is now the
U. S. Post Office at 125 Forest Ave.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_31_020

No. 12, Gladiolus, sister to Narcissus, passing what is
now the Odd Fellows Block at 651 Forest Ave.
The Portland-Lewiston Interurbans used Forest Ave.
as they traveled to where the PLI right-of-way started
at Deering Junction just off Allen Avenue.
From the O. R. Cummings Collection at
Seashore Trolley Museum Library.

     The most popular destination for passengers on the PRR along Forest Avenue was certainly Riverton Park. The Portland Railroad built three trolley parks specifically to attract ridership on the lines; Riverton Park in Deering, Cape Cottage Park at Cape Elizabeth, and Underwood Park on Falmouth Foreside. 

Riverton Park opened on June 27, 1896. Regular Portland
Railroad cars left Monument Square for Riverton Park
every 15 minutes starting at 8:30 a.m. and generally, one
or more extra cars were required to handle the rush.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_31_072

Another busy day at Riverton Park. Open trolley cars like
the ones in this image could each carry 75 passengers.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_31_103

One of the very early electric trolleys from Westbrook
has arrived and discharged its passengers at Riverton Park.
Bridal shower parties, card parties, and other private groups
could hire a trolley car to transport their group. The bandstand
in this image was one of the many attractions at the park.
Image from Seashore Trolley Museum Library 2015 book,
The Illustrated Atlas of Maine's Street & Electric
Railways 1863-1946

Riverton Park's outdoor rustic theater could seat 2,500 guests.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_31_097

The casino at Riverton Park is where the trolley cars would
discharge their passengers. The casino featured private
dining rooms, card rooms, broad verandas, and a dance hall.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_31_078

A general decline in visitors started about the time of WW I.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_31_108

Catering to automobiles only prolonged the inevitable.
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_31_105

Riverton Park had closed several years before this photo was
taken of No. 205 near the end of the Riverton line in the1930s.
No. 205 was built for the PRR in 1905 by the Stephenson &
Son Co., of Troy, NY. 
Courtesy Seashore Trolley Museum Library:
O. R. Cummings Collection 2009_2_31_031

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 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 - 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.

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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.