E. L. Moore

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E. L. Moore
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BornEarl Lloyd Moore
(1898-03-14)March 14, 1898
Michigan, US
DiedAugust 12, 1979(1979-08-12) (aged 81)
Spotsylvania, Virginia, US
OccupationPhotographer, model maker, writer
NationalityAmerican
Period1955–1979
GenreModel Railroading

Earl Lloyd Moore (March 14, 1898 - August 12, 1979) was an American model railroader who published over a hundred pieces in various American model railroading magazines between 1955 and 1980 under the name E. L. Moore. His articles dealt primarily with scratch-building HO scale structures from low-cost, simple materials, primarily balsa wood. Moore prided himself on being able to construct complex models in little time for little money. He often noted that his projects could be built for a couple of dollars worth of materials in a couple of weeks of evenings. Moore undertook this work while a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Moore concentrated on depicting the buildings and life of rural America in the 1890s and early 1900s - the period around his boyhood - in accordance with his personal view on the era. Moore's articles are notable both for their subject matter as well as their style. Along with the model under discussion, Moore would write the text, shoot and develop the photographs, and draft the plans. The accompanying photographs would often include one or more detailed staged scenes depicting everyday life with the building, and the text often wove in a humorous fictional story about the building and its inhabitants. He did not concentrate on modeling particular real railroads[1] as is the norm for model railroad hobbyists, but focused on modeling buildings of both railroad and non-railroad subjects, as well as scenery.

Pre-model railroading biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Moore was born and raised on a farm in rural southern Michigan.[1] The farm's exact location is unknown, but in Moore's biographical piece called Early Century Field day he noted[2] it was within a 9-mile radius of Bangor, Michigan, about 2 miles from a two-room school he attended as a boy, and there was a windmill and water tank about 2 1/2 miles away where one could board a Chicago bound ‘flyer’ while its locomotive stopped to take on water.

His father was the school treasurer, and on the first of each month one of Moore's chores was to deliver the teacher's paycheck. Treasurers were known to handle money, and one night Moore's father was held up at gunpoint and forced to open the safe in his parent's bedroom. The robbers made their escape by breaking open a nearby railroad section house and stealing the handcar. The next day the handcar was found abandoned down the line about a dozen miles away.

Moore served in the United States Navy on the USS Georgia in 1917 and 1918 during World War I.[1] He was an honorary chaplain of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.[1]

Little is known about Moore from the time he left the Navy until he arrived in Charlotte, where he setup a photography studio specializing in baby and child portraits. The few factoids that are known about Moore's life prior to his emergence on the national scene as a model railroader include: working in a paper mill in the northeast; working as a furniture salesman; and, during the 1930s, living as a self-described vagabond.

Photography studio[edit]

Moore was a photographer, and starting sometime in the late 1930s or early to mid 1940s he ran a photography studio in Charlotte that specialized in baby and child portraiture. Over the years it operated from several locations. It burned down sometime between the mid-1950s and mid-1960s.[1] Moore then retired from business and devoted himself to model railroading.

Model railroad publications[edit]

Moore's model railroading activities were intertwined with his work as a freelance contributor to various US model railroading magazines. His work appeared in Model Railroader, Railroad Model Craftsman, Model Trains and Railroad Modeler. Moore's publications can be divided into three distinct periods.

Period 1: February 1955 to March 1962[edit]

The first period ran from February 1955, when his first publication appeared in Model Railroader, until March 1962, when his article on how to build an HO scale model of Disney’s Grizzly Flats depot was the cover story of the final regular issue of Model Trains. During this time he established himself as an author capable of writing on a range of model railroading related construction projects that included structure building, rolling stock construction, scenery, lighting and scene staging.

Title Magazine Publication date
Trackside Photo: Elizabeth Valley RR Model Railroader February 1955
Elizabeth Valley RR Railroad Model Craftsman March 1955
Burn those models Railroad Model Craftsman May 1955
the Triple-P Division of the EVRR Railroad Model Craftsman May 1955
Spumoni Country Estate Railroad Model Craftsman July 1955
with the Spumoni family in Merrie Old England Railroad Model Craftsman January 1956
Trackside Photo: Elizabeth Valley RR Model Railroader April 1957
Put you figures to work Model Railroader July 1957
Photo in Stop, look and listen section Model Trains Fall 1957
Photo in Stop, look and listen section Model Trains December 1957
Photo in Stop, look and listen section & cover photo Model Trains January 1959
An old-time water tank Model Trains Spring 1959
The Light Fantastic - layout lighting for night and day Model Trains Fall 1959
Photo in Stop, look and listen section Model Trains December 1959
Old-Time Log Buggies Model Trains March 1960
Snowplow in an Evening Model Trains January 1961
Mountain Water Wheel Mill Model Trains Spring 1961
Coaling Up! Model Trains March 1961
Slim gauge carriage Railroad Model Craftsman September 1961
Open-air excursion coach Model Trains Fall 1961
The little red caboose Model Trains December 1961
Let's build a mountain Model Trains January 1962
Central Pacific snowplow Model Trains January 1962
A new look for the Old General Model Trains March 1962
The Station at Grizzly Flats & cover photo Model Trains March 1962

Period 2: June 1962 to October 1970[edit]

The second period ran from June 1962 to October 1970. This era saw Moore develop and solidify what would become his signature style: HO scale building construction projects that could be undertaken for about $2 or $3 in materials, require a couple of weeks of spare time to complete and be suitable for a wide variety of layouts all woven into a how-to article complete with scenic photos of the finished project and a humorous fictional story. This period ended with a 13-month stretch, starting in November 1970, where he had no articles published.

Title Magazine Publication Date
build a Covered Railroad Bridge Railroad Model Craftsman June 1962
Modeling with a burning tool Model Railroader July 1962
Trackside Photo: Shanty Model Railroader July 1962
Halliday Standard Windmill Railroad Model Craftsman September 1962
Union Pacific Windmill Model Railroader September 1962
Let's build a mountain Model Trains Yearbook 1963
3 in 1 Engine House Railroad Model Craftsman February 1963
Civic center for Boomtown Model Railroader March 1963
Octagonal Water Tower & cover photo Railroad Model Craftsman August 1963
Easy to build cottage or cabin Railroad Model Craftsman December 1963
Handcar and its shed Model Railroader February 1964
Branch Line Station Railroad Model Craftsman April 1964
A Shaggy Mountain Mill Railroad Model Craftsman June 1964
"Under the spreading chestnut tree" Model Railroader June 1964
A Hot Time At The Old Firehouse Railroad Model Craftsman November 1964
Trackside Photo: Moonlight on Goat Pass Model Railroader December 1964
Down by the Depot Model Railroader December 1964
Ye Olde Corner Drugstore Railroad Model Craftsman January 1965
Tonsorial Parlor Railroad Model Craftsman April 1965
Small MFG. Plant Railroad Model Craftsman June 1965
Major Hoople's Brick Warehouse Railroad Model Craftsman September 1965
Yard Blacksmith Shop Railroad Model Craftsman October 1965
Uncle Charlie's BOOKERY Railroad Model Craftsman December 1965
The old red barn Model Railroader January 1966
Norfolk & Southern Yard Office Railroad Model Craftsman February 1966
Moe Lass' Old Sorghum Mill Railroad Model Craftsman April 1966
Stock Auction Day Railroad Model Craftsman May 1966
Fertilizer Plant Railroad Model Craftsman July 1966
Spratt & Kean - Meat Packers Railroad Model Craftsman August 1966
Apple Cider Mill Railroad Model Craftsman September 1966
Morton's Stone Cutting Plant Railroad Model Craftsman November 1966
C. Reid for Feed & Seed Railroad Model Craftsman December 1966
Trackside Photo: Home in the Wilderness Model Railroader December 1966
build Ma's Place Railroad Model Craftsman January 1967
Turn backward, O Time Model Railroader January 1967
F&M Schaefer Brewery Railroad Model Craftsman March 1967
Brick Enginehouse Model Railroader March 1967
Village Grist Mill Railroad Model Craftsman April 1967
Six-Ton Jimmy Model Railroader May 1967
Cotton Waste Plant Railroad Model Craftsman June 1967
Grusom Casket Company Railroad Model Craftsman July 1967
Junk Yard Dynasty Railroad Model Craftsman August 1967
under the green tree - The Village Smithy Stands Railroad Model Craftsman September 1967
W. E. Snatchem - Undertaker Railroad Model Craftsman November 1967
Ramsey Journal Bldg. Railroad Model Craftsman December 1967
add a Harbor to your Pike, Part 1 - Tug Boats Railroad Model Craftsman January 1968
Interchangeable fuel for tenders; coal or wood Model Railroader January 1968
add a Harbor to your Pike, Part 2 - Barge, Wharf, & Sail Loft Railroad Model Craftsman February 1968
Hojpoj Mfg. Co. Railroad Model Craftsman April 1968
Victorian Firehouse Railroad Model Craftsman June 1968
backwoods Log Cabins Railroad Model Craftsman September 1968
Enskale & Hoentee - Part 1 Railroad Model Craftsman October 1968
Crummy from HO21/2 Coal Car Railroad Model Craftsman October 1968
Enskale & Hoentee - Part 2 Railroad Model Craftsman November 1968
Enskale & Hoentee - Part 3 Railroad Model Craftsman December 1968
Molasses Mine & Factory Railroad Model Craftsman February 1969
Dinwoody's Button & Bead Factory Railroad Model Craftsman March 1969
Easy Narrow Gauge Coach Railroad Model Craftsman March 1969
Tuscaloosa Depot Model Railroader March 1969
The Centennial Celebration of the Golden Spike Laying at Promontory Point, Utah, May 10, 1968 Railroad Model Craftsman May 1969
Putty Knife Factory Railroad Model Craftsman June 1969
A Garbage Train or ... the Mudville Flats Extra Railroad Model Craftsman July 1969
Nova Scotian Lighthouse Railroad Model Craftsman October 1969
Car Repair Shed Railroad Model Craftsman November 1969
Three Store Fronts and a Shop Railroad Model Craftsman December 1969
Chittenden County Mill Railroad Model Craftsman January 1970
Double-Bay Junction Depot Railroad Model Craftsman February 1970
Novelty Factory Railroad Model Craftsman July 1970
Wood and brick factory construction Model Railroader August 1970
A Brewery in Stone Railroad Model Craftsman October 1970

Period 3: December 1971 to July 1980[edit]

The third period ran from his first Railroad Modeler article in December 1971 until his death in August 1979. His last article appeared in the July 1980 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman. One of his more infamous projects, The Cannonball and Safety Powder Works, which concluded by blowing up the finished model and photographing the HO scale conflagration, was published in this period and was featured in the April 1977 issue of Model Railroader. At the end of this period some of his boyhood reminisces were published in Good Old Days magazine.

Title Magazine Publication Date
Cousin Caleb's Cabbage Plant Railroad Modeler December 1971
Carolina foundry Model Railroader January 1972
Trackside Photo: "Bandstand" Model Railroader May 1972
Moore's Modern Mill Railroad Model Craftsman June 1972
Uncle Peabody's Machine Shop Railroad Modeler June 1972
Crosby's Bandstand Railroad Model Craftsman November 1972
The chair and desk factory Model Railroader December 1972
Home for Small Locos Railroad Modeler March 1973
Cal's Lumberyard Model Railroader April 1973
Bunn's feed and seed Model Railroader August 1973
Clarabel Hotel Railroad Modeler February 1974
Jones Chemical Co. Model Railroader March 1974
The RMC Paper Company Railroad Model Craftsman April 1974
Rhube's Rhubarb Plant Railroad Model Craftsman July 1974
A three-towered station Model Railroader November 1974
Mr. Pottle's potworks Model Railroader September 1975
A Might Relaxin' Job NMRA Bulletin November 1975
Uncle Sim's Snuffery Railroad Modeler December 1975
Waldo Hopple: Father of Railroading Railroad Model Craftsman July 1976
Figet's Cheese Foundry Railroad Model Craftsman August 1976
Ceresota flour mill Model Railroader November 1976
The Cannonball and Safety Powder Works Model Railroader April 1977
Stuckum Glue Works Model Railroader October 1977
E. L. Moore's Village Store Model Railroader January 1978
Butz Milling & Feed Co. Model Railroader March 1978
Bott's cotton-pickin' cotton gin Model Railroader September 1978
Kelley's Folly: a mill Railroad Model Craftsman January 1979
Ants in my pants Good Old Days April 1979
Early Century Field Day Good Old Days May 1979
The Button Works Model Railroader September 1979
A firecracker foundry Railroad Model Craftsman July 1980

Books[edit]

Samples of Moore's work appeared in books published by Kalmbach Publishing Co..

Title Book
Photo of a night scene on the Elizabeth Valley Railroad HO Primer: model railroading for all, Linn Westcott, Kalmbach Publishing Co., 1962, pg. 16
Photo of the lake on the Elizabeth Valley Railroad HO Primer: model railroading for all, Linn Westcott, Kalmbach Publishing Co., 1962, pg. 41
Timber Trestles Bridges & Buildings for model railroads, Willard V. Anderson, Kalmbach Publishing Co., 1962, pg. 23

Unpublished Manuscripts[edit]

In 1980, Model Railroader’s editor, Jim Kelly, noted the magazine was in possession of 6 unpublished manuscripts by Moore[3] and had an intention of publishing them. They were never published, but did surface in 2016.

Title Subject Approximate Submission Date
Village School A 1900s one-room schoolhouse June 1961
Crossroads Store A "down-at-the-heels" small town general store January 1962
The Little Church on the Hill A 1900s village church similar to the Village School March 1964
Build a 1900s Foundry A model of the Cole Manufacturing Company of Charlotte, North Carolina June 1967
A Pair of Canal Boats Old time canal boats March 1969
Morton Salt Conveyor A salt loading and unloading machine February 1971

Also in 2016 a collection of previously unknown and unpublished manuscripts were found among Moore's papers.

Title Subject Approximate Creation Date
Spumoni Club Coach Passenger car belonging to the Grasse River Railroad February 1963
Shades of Buffalo Bill Wild West show July 1968
Combination House Plan Three small houses built to a single plan November 1969
Alaska Railroad Cement Mixing Car A cement mixing car seen in Portage, Alaska December 1969
For the Village Square Court house - manuscript mentioned in Moore's letters, but whereabouts unknown July 1973
A Tale of Fox and Pop A short story submitted to Good Old Days magazine; not known if published October 1977
North Conway Depot The North Conway Depot located in North Conway, New Hampshire January 1978

Story characters[edit]

His construction articles and photo essays often wove in a humorous fictional story about the structure and its inhabitants. This set his work apart from the more usual form of construction article presentation that focused mainly on materials and how-to instructions. Moore's characters were often cast as members of his extended family; how much they were based on actual family members is unknown.

Fictional characters that have appeared in Moore's stories include: Cousin Caleb, Uncle Wilber, Mr. P. Pottle, Great grandfather Lucifer Penroddy Snooks, Waldo Hoople, Cousin Rube, Grandfather Pudzi, Uncle Peabody, Uncle Dinwoody, Cousin Elmer (Dinwoody), Pistachio Jr., Ma Spumoni, Cousin Leroy, Uncle Sim, Grandpa Bunn, and Uncle Charley Spumoni.

Moore had a large personal library[4] and was a voracious reader. The influences of written material on Moore's projects and stories include the works of: Charles ‘Chic’ Sale, Rowland Emett, Dorothy Parker, Carl Fallberg, Bill Schopp, H. Allen Smith, Lucius Beebe & Charles Clegg, Charles E. Carryl, Richard Armour, George Allen and Robert B. Nixon, Jr.

Moore would sometimes appear in his stories as himself, the project's builder. In his photos of HO scale scenes he would sometimes appear in the guise of his avatar: an HO scale old time photographer hunched behind his tripod mounted view camera cloaked in a horse blanket style focusing hood.

Outhouses[edit]

Inspired by Charles ‘Chic’ Sale's fictional character Lem Putt, a carpenter specializing in outhouse construction, Moore built a number of HO scale outhouses of various designs that he mounted on small squares of card, signed on the bottom and gave to friends as gifts. Moore considered himself a master of outhouse modeling and eighteen of his creations were presented in his article A Mighty Relaxin’ Job that appeared in the November 1975 issue of the NMRA Bulletin.

Television appearance[edit]

In early July 1971, a camera crew from the television show Carolina Camera, produced by WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina, shot a segment on Moore and his model railroad work at his apartment. It is not known if it aired. Moore did not own a television.

Model construction techniques[edit]

Eyebrows may be lifted when I state my choice of materials, so we'd better have that out right now. It's balsa.

— E. L. Moore, "Timber trestles", Bridges & Buildings for model railroads (1968), Willard V. Anderson (ed.)

Although Moore used a variety of techniques and materials to build HO scale structures, he was known for using certain construction methods again-and-again. They formed a suite of techniques for keeping his projects easy and low-cost. Moore's article, Bunn's feed and seed, that appeared in the August 1973 issue of Model Railroader, is an example project that makes use of most of his standard construction techniques.

Balsa wood[edit]

Balsa was Moore's preferred material for all aspects of construction from wall and roof substrates to the load bearing members of bridges and trestles. It was a soft and easy material to work, but also strong, lightweight, inexpensive and readily available as it was also a primary airframe building material for model airplane hobbyists.

Shingles & siding with a wood burning tool[edit]

One of his earliest articles, Burn those models, that appeared in the May 1955 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman, and Modeling with a burning tool, that appeared in the July 1962 issue of Model Railroader, outlined his technique for using a woodburning tool to score shingle, brick, stone and siding patterns into balsa instead of purchasing equivalent commercial materials.

Paper metal[edit]

If a building called for corrugated metal siding, Moore would make his own by taping a piece of 20-pound bond paper over a piece of Northeastern brand .040” spaced corrugated board and then scribing the corrugations into the paper with a spent ball point pen. To make metal roofing, he would score only along every third groove. When finished, the paper was cut into suitably sized scale panels.

Paper pipes[edit]

His buildings often needed overhead and rooftop piping, which he would make by first rounding off some balsa strips whose cross section was close to that required, and then finishing the circular profile by forcing the strips through holes of the desired diameter. He would complete the job by wrapping the now cylindrical balsa strips in paper.

Inked window sashes & mullions[edit]

Moore rarely used commercial window castings, but would make his own windows by rubbing a piece of clear acetate with an abrasive like pumice, talc or kitchen cleanser and then drawing in the mullions and sashes with a ruling pen and straightedge.

Selective compression[edit]

Many real life buildings suitable for use on a model railroad can take up an inordinate amount of space on a layout in relation to its other elements; especially so in Moore's era when many HO scale model railroads were built on standard 4' x 8' sheets of plywood. Selective Compression is a technique used to remove redundant visual and spatial elements from a building and distill it down in size to just the features that make it unique and useful on a model railroad. The resulting model is then proportioned more consistently with a layout's other elements and spacings. Many of Moore's projects were sized or selectively compressed to fit within a 1 square foot area. Moore's selective compressions were not without controversy. A letter to the editor in the August 1974 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman noted that Moore's paper mill that appeared in the April 1974 issue was rather unrealistic because it had only a 7" x 8" footprint and actual paper mills were far more massive

The dot & blot method of time recording[edit]

Moore often boasted that many of his projects only took about two weeks of spare time to build. He developed a tongue-in-cheek method of keeping track of time, outlined in his article Ceresota flour mill that appeared in the November 1976 issue of Model Railroader. On a calendar he would mark a dot for each hour worked, half a dot for a half hour, and a blot for anything thing that seemed like 3 hours. To get the time it took to build a project, he would add up the dots and blots, and add a few extras in for good measure.

Layouts & dioramas[edit]

Traditionally, model railroaders are defined by their layouts. Moore built 5 layouts and dioramas. There was a 6th layout: Gordon Odegard noted that Moore's very first layout was a 4'x6' Lionel O27 based setup,[1] but no details are known.

The Rowland Emett tribute diorama[edit]

An HO scale diorama featuring trains, trams, buildings and scenes made famous by a number of Rowland Emett cartoons. It is thought to have been built sometime in the early to mid 1950s. Its first appearance was in the photo essay with the Spumoni family in Merrie Old England that appeared in the January 1956 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.

The Elizabeth Valley Railroad[edit]

A 4’ x 6’ HO scale layout based in a mountainous region surrounding a valley with a lake and stream. Set in an unspecified US location sometime in the late 1890s or early 1900s. The layout was named for his daughter and is thought to have been built in the early to mid 1950s. Its first appearance was in a photo that appeared in the February 1955 issue of Model Railroader as part of that magazine's Trackside Photos section. The Elizabeth Valley RR was Moore's most significant layout. A number of buildings that appeared on it were described in several construction articles, and it also served as the stage for articles on lighting, scenery and rolling stock construction.

The Eagleroost & Koontree Railroad[edit]

A collection of temporary scenes[4] built for photographing models featuring a fictitious narrow gauge mountain railroad located in an unspecified US location, situated sometime in the late 1890s or early 1900s. It was modeled in HOn2-1/2 gauge. Some of the scenes were staged on The Elizabeth Valley Railroad. Its first print appearance was in the Fall 1957 issue of Model Trains as part of that issue's Stop, look and listen photo section.

The 1900s Shortline Terminal Yard[edit]

An HO scale diorama of a backwoods, shortline terminal yard situated sometime around 1900 and was stylistically similar to the Elizabeth Valley Railroad. It was built during the winter of 1964 and 1965, and into the spring of 1965. Its print appearance was in Turn backward, O Time that was published in the January 1967 issue of Model Railroader. The yard's engine house was featured in Model Railroader’s March 1967 article Brick Enginehouse.

The Enskale & Hoentee Railroad[edit]

A 30” x 30” layout situated in a mountainous region surrounding a lake. Set in an unspecified US location sometime in the late 1890s or early 1900s. It included buildings in N and TT scales, and ran trains in N and HOn2-1/2 gauge. It was built as a project layout for Railroad Model Craftsman. When Model Railroader's editorial staff learned that Moore was working in N scale, they offered him a deal to write a book for beginners starting out in N scale, similar to their book HO Primer. Moore declined the offer stating that he felt he was not skilled enough in electrical matters to write about a typical layout’s complex electrical system and that he did not like working to deadlines. The layout was built during the winter of 1967 and 1968, and into the spring 1968. It appeared in print in a three part series in the October, November and December 1968 issues of Railroad Model Craftsman.

Plastic model kits[edit]

Beginning in 1967, AHM (Associated Hobby Manufacturers) of Philadelphia produced the first of 9 HO scale plastic model kits, the Schaefer Brewery, based on a selection of Moore’ s Railroad Model Craftsman articles.

The kit boxes were stamped with a decorative label that read: "Designed by E. L. Moore. Reproduced by permission from plans as shown in Railroad Model Craftsman Magazine." It is alleged that Moore received no payment or royalty for these kits, but was given a few as a gesture of appreciation.

AHM Kit based on this Railroad Model Craftsman article
Schaefer Brewery F&M Schaefer Brewery, March 1967
Ma's Place build Ma's Place, January 1967
Grusom Casket Co. Grusom Casket Company, July 1967
Village Blacksmith The Village Smithy Stands, September 1967
W. E. Snatchem - Undertaker W. E. Snatchem - Undertaker, November 1967
Ramsey Journal Building Ramsey Journal Bldg., December 1967
Molasses Mine Molasses Mine & Factory, February 1969
Emporium Department Store The kit consists of 2 stores, Pool Parlor & Emporium, from Three Store Fronts and a Shop, December 1969
Busy Bee Department Store The kit consists of 2 stores, Busy Bee & Bon Ton Dept. Store, from Three Store Fronts and a Shop, December 1969

Although the molds changed ownership over the years, some of the kits, like Ma’s Place, have remained in production since their first release and remain in production as of 2017. As well, the components of some kits have been used for other commercially available plastic model kits, and in recent years, some of Moore's articles have been used as the basis of a number of commercially available craftsman-style kits.

Death and retrospective[edit]

Moore died on August 12, 1979, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, of a heart attack caused by arteriosclerosis. His remains were cremated.

In November 1979, Railroad Model Craftsman’s editor Anthony Koester published a brief tribute to Moore in the Editor’s Notebook column.[5] In February 1980, Jim Kelly, editor of Model Railroader, wrote a 5-page tribute to Moore in E. L. Moore’s Legacy.[3] As well as providing a tribute to Moore's life and work, it showed for the first time a number of then never published before color photographs of several of Moore's projects. In 1999, Model Railroader noted in its Along the Line Looks Back series that E. L. Moore was a notable model railroader for his use of simple materials to build unique model structures.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Odegard, Gordon (September 1975). "A visit with E. L. Moore". Model Railroader.
  2. ^ Moore, Earl (May 1979). "Early Century Field Day". Good Old Days.
  3. ^ a b Kelly, Jim (February 1980). "E. L. Moore's Legacy". Model Railroader.
  4. ^ a b Hayhow, David (19 January 1958). "He Builds Railroads - Then Scraps Them". The Charlotte Observer.
  5. ^ Koester, Anthony (November 1979). "E. L. Moore". Railroad Model Craftsman.
  6. ^ "Along the Line Looks Back: E. L. Moore". Model Railroader. November 1999.


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