- Upper-right: -- 4-4-2 3-1/2" gague. W. S. Van Brocklin, Jr., builder. Al Milburn running the engine with Billy as passenger.
From IBLS Journal 1950:
- Al Milburn's cut from the solid Atlantic a beautiful job to see.
- Al Milburn built a beautiful 3/4" scale Atlantic where everything was hacked from solid. The drivers were sawn out by hand with a jeweler's saw, then filed to the correct profile...then sand blasted so they would look like castings!
- Many men who didn't know a drill press from a grape press until they started their first loco have found that the thousands of hours of trial-and-error shop work have made them competent machinists. One such is A. C. Milburn of Milford, Connecticut. Ten years ago he started work on a 1/2-inch scale freight engine in his spare time from a 4,000-foot coal shaft where he was a digger, today Milburn is a well-paid toolmaker-thanks to live steam.
From IBLS Journal 1951:
- The former speed record of 26 MPH set at Danvers some years ago by Norm Robinson & his 3/4 inch scale Fayette, or our friend Al Milburn's record of 22 MPH on his own former home loop with his 2-1/2 inch gauge Lucy-Ann 4-8-4, would very likely raise the hair on the necks of these California steam boys. These records were watch timed and are actual miles per hour, not scale MPH.
Adrian Buyse and Al Milburn with Milburn's New York Central and Hudson River Railroad 870 at PVLS. Milburn built #870 from solid stock. Circa 1960. Photo by Steve Bratina.
Al Milburn's NYC&HR RR #870 at Pioneer Valley Live Steamers, 1965. Photo by Sandiapaul.