Saturday, August 19, 2017

It was right in front of my eyes!

[Bob Hayden's 8-Ball Locomotive Works dead in the middle of the Thatcher's Inlet layout. Image sliced from the layout overview picture in the Feb. '72 issue of RMC.]

While reading through the Thatcher's Inlet series a bit more closely I realized another bit of E. L. Moore lore was positioned dead centre in the layout: Bob Hayden's 8-Ball Locomotive Works, aka, E. L. Moore's Dilly Manufacturing. Longtime readers may remember I wrote a lengthy analysis of the 8-Ball Loco Work's lineage. That building has a long and storied history that dates back to the Feb '51 issue of RMC to an article called Eight Ball Locomotive Works by Eric Brunger with plans by Bill Livingston. This building is never specifically called out in the Thatcher series, and highlights how the search for Moorian stuff doesn't always rely on just the written word.
[This image was sliced from a larger one in part 3 of the series that appeared in the Apr. '72 issue of RMC.]

E. L. Moore dug Thatcher's Inlet

[The April '72 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman contained part 3 of Dave Frary and Bob Hayden's groundbreaking Thatcher's Inlet series.]

You're doing a good job continually upgrading RMC . . . particularly liked Thatcher's Inlet in recent issues.
From a letter dated May 2, 1972 E. L. Moore wrote to RMC Managing Editor, Tony Koester.

Dave Frary and Bob Hayden's series on how they built their Thatcher's Inlet layout appeared in the February, March, April and May 1972 issues of Railroad Model Craftsman. It's one of the greatest series published in the model railroading press and is well worth anyone's time to read. And yes, E. L. Moore makes a very oblique appearance :-) In part 4 it's mentioned that AHM's Ramsey Journal Building was used as the basis of the kitbashed Ship's Chandlery. The Ramsey Journal Building was AHM's kit version of E. L. Moore's project of the same name that appeared in the December 1967 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.
[Full page spread of Thatcher's Inlet Railroad that was included in the first instalment in the February '72 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman]

This is the third post in what is turning out to be a short series on articles E. L. Moore liked: the first was Train Wreck & Golden Quill Mining and the second was E. L. Moore's January 1970. I don't think there are any more mentions of likes or dislikes in his writings, but if there are, you'll be sure to see them here :-)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Question: Was this the inspiration for E. L. Moore's Rocky Ridge Depot?

[A small station on the HO Kansas City South Park Railroad as shown in the February 1958 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.]

Answer: no.

I had some fun building an N-scale version of E. L. Moore's Rocky Ridge depot a few years back. Mr. Moore published it in the April '64 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman, and in the introduction mentions having built my first one some ten years ago. I'll assume his recollection of dates is correct, so that places it in 1954, well before the 1958 publication date of that photo. This is something I often wrestle with on the E. L. Moore trail: trying to make sure dates make some sense in linking potential inspirations to E. L. Moore, and trying to make sure I don't jump the gun on attributing things that may have been fairly commonplace in an earlier era with some insight unique to E. L. Moore. 

In this situation, so far it's just an interesting coincidence. Maybe the two projects have a common ancestor, but only time and continued reading might tell.

Friday, August 11, 2017

E. L. Moore's January 1970

Nice snowplow article by Delaney, and although I'm not a traction fan I enjoyed TRACTION WEEKEND thoroughly. Keep up the good work.
E. L. Moore in a letter to Hal Carstens dated 28 December 1969. Mr. Moore seemed to have a thing for snowplows and built ones for both the Eagleroost & Koontree and Elizabeth Valley RRs.

The January 1970 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman must have been a bit special to E. L. Moore, because as well as those two articles he found interesting, the issue also contained his Chittenden County Mill project and this photo of the Yank Mfg. Co., built by Mr. Ronald Kuykendall of Tucson, Arizona, that appeared in the Boomer Trail section. It was based on E. L. Moore's HOJ POJ Mfg. Co. that appeared in the April '69 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.
[Longtime readers of this blog might recall the restoration I did on Mr. Moore's HOJ POJ Mfg. Co. Seeing this rendition of the project was fascinating. As well as being an all round fine model, Mr. Kuykendall did an excellent job on that piping and dust collectors - those items stumped me and I resorted to plastic!]

Thursday, August 10, 2017


I did some soldering. Ok, not much soldering. Just enough to do a test loop around the track. And enough to realize I need to get rid of my battery powered Weller iron and replace it with a plug-in fine point if I ever want to do some quality soldering on the EVRR.
[Some streetcar track near the Art Gallery of Ontario. I took this photo late last October.]

Nothing on the layout is reminding me of Toronto, but it's early days. I think I need to do a little work on the road and fiddle with some building placement.
Getting the road colour right is going to be a bit of a challenge. On the LOL some roads came out ok, others weren't so good.