Is there evidence that railroads were using asbestos insulation in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and so forth? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

Yes, there are internal documents our law firm has obtained from the railroad industry, and available after many court cases, that show that dozens upon dozens if not hundreds of railroad industry products were insulated with asbestos materials.  As a matter of fact, the nation’s railroads, despite being aware of the use of asbestos for decades, did not begin even removing it from diesel freight locomotive engines until the 1990s in most cases.  The workers in the meantime developed these asbestos diseases and cancers such as mesothelioma, and all the while the railroads hid from the workers that asbestos was on their machinery and engines.  

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