Along with automobiles, planes, and ships, trains, including their locomotives, cabooses, and other cars, were also made with asbestos materials. Not only were trains made with asbestos-laden materials, but the tracks that they rode on also used the substance in different ways up through the 1960s.
Used primarily for insulation and heat resistance, asbestos materials such as packing, rope, cement, and gaskets in trains and on railroads all contained deadly asbestos fibers. The presence of these products put railroad and rail car workers at high risk for developing asbestos-related diseases.
Railroad mechanics were routinely exposed to asbestos on the job. If you worked in a railroad yard or on the crew of a rail car, it is highly likely that you were exposed to asbestos. There are a number of documented cases of railroad workers in every area of railroad work having been diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancers or mesothelioma.
See our page on Railroad Workers and Asbestos if you wish to learn more about the hazards workers endured at the jobsite.