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Discussion in 'Railway History & Nostalgia' started by PaxmanValenta, 14 May 2015.
Do steam locomotives in Britain built before the 1960s have any asbestos in any parts of them?
Do you mean locomotives currently in existence?
Asbestos lagging was used extensively around boilers and cylinders up until the late 1960's. No working steam loco that I am aware of in the UK still has any asbestos lagging, though several non-working locos retain their asbestos. The Isle of Man Steam Railway for example has a Beyer-Peacock 2-4-0T in a hermetically sealed section of their sheds because it contains asbestos.
I believe there are on or two non restored locos that have some asbestos still on them.
As well as boiler/cylinder lagging, there is graphited asbestos used in stuffing glands and also for mudhole/manhole door joints, It was also widely used in sheet material used for making steam-tight joints and it not unreasonable to expect that some of this may still be encountered. Whilst it is now illegal to sell asbestos-based products for the above purposes, I do not believe it is illegal to use it (for example if you have the materials in stock).
The presence of asbestos is one of the reasons why it's unlikely that 46235 "City of Birmingham" will be released from the "Think Tank" in Birmingham any time soon, I understand.