Railroad Asbestos Companies

Exposure to asbestos materials was an all too common hazard for railroad workers – especially during the 1940s through 1960s when steam driven locomotives ruled the rails. The boilers that powered these massive, heat-radiating machines would often be covered with asbestos lagging and block insulation to conserve fuel. During regular overhauls, workers removed a locomotive’s metal outer shell, tore out worn asbestos insulation and patched it with asbestos slurry mixed from dry powder – releasing dangerous fibers into the air. Despite knowledge of the dangers of asbestos, manufacturers, such as Johns Manville, supplied toxic materials for use on railroads for decades.

Despite the end of the steam era, asbestos material continued to be used on electric and diesel trains well into the 1970s and 1980s. Asbestos was regularly used on pumps, valves, brake shoes, clutches, compressors, fire rope, roofing material and other building equipment. Because it is an airborne contaminant, this toxic material could affect anyone in the vicinity of where it was applied.

Railroad Workers At Risk of Asbestos Exposure

For nearly a decade, the team at Simmons Hanly Conroy has worked nationwide with employees of railroads and the trades that served the industry. Our railroad clients have included:

  • Yard masters
  • Car inspectors
  • Section hands
  • Conductors
  • Operators
  • Pipefitters
  • Foremen
  • Clerks
  • Boilermakers
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Freight handlers
  • Hostlers
  • Insulators
  • Yard clerks
  • Brakemen
  • Trackmen
  • Machinists
  • Engineers
  • Roundhouse workers
  • Mechanics
  • Welders
  • General laborers
  • Painters
  • Section gang workers
  • Grinders
  • Millwrights

Railroad Asbestos Sites

Our clients have worked on and around railroads throughout the country, including:

Alaska Railroad
Alton & Southern Railway Company
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad/B&O Railroad (CSX)
Belt Railroad (Owned by, BNSF, Canadian National Railways, Canadian Pacific Railways, CSX, Norfolk Southern Railway and Union Pacific)
BNSF Railway
Boston & Maine Railroad
Burlington Northern Railway (BNSF)
Canadian National Railway
Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad (CA&E)
Chicago Great Western Railroad
Chicago Northwestern Transportation Company/Chicago North Western Railway (Union Pacific)
Colorado & Southern Railroad
Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail)
CSX Railroad/CSX Transportation
Eastern Railroad
Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway
Erie Lackawanna Railway/Erie Railroad/Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (Conrail)
GM&O Rail Road/ Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad
New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad

Norfolk & Western Railway
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern Railway
Northern Pacific Railway (BNSF)
Pennsylvania Railroad (Conrail)
PFE (Pacific Fruit Express)
San Francisco Railway
Santa Fe Railway (SFSR and BNSF)
Seaboard Coastline Railroad/Seaboard Systems Railroad (CSX )
Southern Pacific/Southern Pacific Transportation Company (Union Pacific)
The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (Rock Island)
Union Pacific Railroad
Wabash Railroad (Merged with Norfolk & Western)
Yancey Railway/Black Mountain Railway
Illinois Central Railroad
Illinois Terminal Railroad
Kansas City Southern
Lehigh Valley Railroad (Conrail)
Long Island Railroad/LIRR
M&M (Mississippi and Missouri Railroad)
Missouri Pacific Railroad
New York Central Railroad