E. L. Moore
E. L. Moore
|Born||Earl Lloyd Moore|
March 14, 1898
|Died||August 12, 1979 (aged 81)|
Spotsylvania, Virginia, US
|Occupation||Photographer, model maker, writer|
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 as is the norm for model railroad hobbyists, but focused on modeling buildings of both railroad and non-railroad subjects, as well as scenery.
- 1 Pre-model railroading biography
- 2 Model railroad publications
- 3 Model construction techniques
- 4 Layouts & dioramas
- 5 Plastic model kits
- 6 Death and retrospective
- 7 References
Pre-model railroading biography
Moore was born and raised on a farm in rural southern Michigan. The farm's exact location is unknown, but in Moore's biographical piece called Early Century Field day he noted 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.
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.
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. Moore then retired from business and devoted himself to model railroading.
Model railroad publications
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
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.
|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
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.
|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
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.
|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|
Samples of Moore's work appeared in books published by Kalmbach Publishing Co..
|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|
In 1980, Model Railroader’s editor, Jim Kelly, noted the magazine was in possession of 6 unpublished manuscripts by Moore 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|
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 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.
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.
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
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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, but no details are known.
The Rowland Emett tribute diorama
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
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
A collection of temporary scenes 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
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
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
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
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. In February 1980, Jim Kelly, editor of Model Railroader, wrote a 5-page tribute to Moore in E. L. Moore’s Legacy. 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.
- Odegard, Gordon (September 1975). "A visit with E. L. Moore". Model Railroader.
- Moore, Earl (May 1979). "Early Century Field Day". Good Old Days.
- Kelly, Jim (February 1980). "E. L. Moore's Legacy". Model Railroader.
- Hayhow, David (19 January 1958). "He Builds Railroads - Then Scraps Them". The Charlotte Observer.
- Koester, Anthony (November 1979). "E. L. Moore". Railroad Model Craftsman.
- "Along the Line Looks Back: E. L. Moore". Model Railroader. November 1999.