Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Narcissus Brass - The Beauty of Brass One Hundred Years Later

Polished original Brass window latches for the right lower section of each
sash for the 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 14, Narcissus. The
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. All images,
unless otherwise noted, are from PWM

I originally released this blog post on December 28, 2015. Reposting it after a server that I originally used to store images in 2015 is offline now for me, so, all the images in all the blog posts that were released the first 15 months were disconnected from the posts...and little by little I'm rebuilding each of those early posts. This is now redone...and re-released :)

     Restoration work on the exterior of the 1912 Narcissus is moving along nicely.  For these large restoration projects, it is important to be working-in-the-moment, however, you must also be planning for the months of work ahead. With this in mind, the brass components for the Narcissus were removed from storage, photographed, assessed, and inventoried. Some of these components had been cleaned and polished nearly twenty years ago! Other components needed to be cleaned and will be polished later. This post is brass-specific :) Not all brass components are pictured here. These pieces are more evidence of the sheer beauty of this high-speed luxury interurban. Add in the forty ornate leaded stained glass windows, the Santo Domingo mahogany interior, with inlay, and you have an unbelievable riding experience....and, at up to 80mph! Narcissus represented Maine beautifully to its most prestigious passenger, Colo. Theodore Roosevelt, on August 18, 1914. 26th President of the United States traveled from Lewiston, ME to Portland, ME in luxury that day!

Polished original Brass window lift latches for passenger windows.

A polished brass window guide for the Narcissus.
This is one of the "short" guides.
Pat. Pending date 6.16.1908. 

Polished brass window guides for the Narcissus. Interestingly, the
"longer" guides have two Pat. Pending dates. 6.16.1908 and
5.12.1914. The Narcissus was built in the Laconia Car Company
Works plant in 1912. The longer, "1914" window guides,
must have been added later in the interurban's life?

Polished brass door handles

A few of the brass hinges for the clerestory ornate,

Brass door handles.

Large brass door hinges.

Door guides that were cleaned and polished in
December 1996 by the late
Museum member/volunteer Lee Johnson.

One of four large latches.

One of the many door components.

Door latch.

Vestibule component.

Four of these door latches

Light socket component Pat.
Pending date November 26, 1907.

Light socket components. Brass covers for the porcelain
base of the sockets.

Light socket components

Door bumper components.

A few of the hundreds of brass screws. Flatheads, oval heads, and round
heads. All slotted. No Phillips heads :)

The 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban, No. 14, Narcissus at
Seashore Trolley Museum looking stunning with a handful of its ornate
leaded stained glass windows backlit. These windows were in place
temporarily for the three-day fundraising event to benefit the Narcissus

during the summer of 2015.  Patricia Pierce Erikson image.

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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