Iron Horse Park — North Billerica, Massachusetts
By the 1940s the Boston & Maine did not need anywhere near the facility it had at its Billerica shop. Although it carried record tonnages in World War II it was doing so with far fewer units of motive power and rolling stock. As the need for large shops decreased, B & M began selling or leasing structures in the complex. One of the earliest buyers was Johns-Manville, a producer of asbestos products, who used the Billerica location as both a manufacturing site and a waste dump. From 1960 through 1980, Johns -Manville faced thousands of individual and class action lawsuits based on asbestos-related injuries such as asbestosis, lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma. Iron Horse Park ceased operation in the late 1970s. Thanks for coming along with me to this site…tomorrow we begin a new adventure.
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