Here are a few photographs; some in black and white and others in color. They show some of the more than 60 "OO" gauge models which I have been building since 1937. Some of these were built at sea, on board ship, some in Iceland while in command of the Naval Ammunition Depot at Hvalfjiord, and others while stationed in Washington, where I was able to buy a house with a magnificently spacious attic. The latter enabled me to build a layout of 5 scale miles (4mm=1 foot), which I called the STONE HILL RAILROAD, in memory of a wooden non-scale clockwork outfit built for me by my grandfather in 1898 in Seattle.
Upon retiring after 37 years of active service, I moved here to Charleston, S.C. This, of course, necessitated abandonment of the Stone Hill Railroad. A very sad discovery was the fact that the attic in the house which I bought here is as hot as the proverbial gates of his satanic majesty's realm in summer and frigid in winter. This being the case, I must use a moderate size room in the centrally air conditioned part of the house for an Electric Railway library, locomotive and street car picture gallery, and city street car layout. The extremely tight curves on this type of layout, of course, preclude the use of interurbans, so that these must be relegated to the humble category of non-operating mantle piece display models.
The other car that is definitely visible in the article and in these photos is the Spokane Inland Railway car visible in the last photo. He made a wide variety of trolley and interurban cars and built them to operate.
More than anything though I wanted to feature today the text written by Commander Moale, briefly describing his layout and model building in his own words. Layouts such as this will almost certainly never again be seen in OO, but certainly the unique models built by Commander Moale are ones to treasure today.
UPDATE: Another published photo from 1955 of a Moale trolley may be seen here (scroll down).