South Buffalo Railway
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In 1899, the South Buffalo Railway was founded by the Lackawanna Steel Company (Bethlehem Steel) as a short-line railroad. The railway worked with customers in Lackawanna such as Donner-Hanna Coke, Republic Steel, and Ford. South Buffalo Railway consisted of 50 miles of train tracks in Western New York. Bethlehem Steel sold the railway to Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. in 2001. The railway was vital to steel making operations at Bethlehem Steel because it offered rail transport of the raw materials necessary to produce steel. The South Buffalo Railway was imperative as the main form of transportation between the basic oxygen furnace, rolling and bar mills, blast furnaces, and open hearth furnace.
Unfortunately, many of our clients who worked at the South Buffalo Railway are now being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. Before the 1970s, asbestos pipe covering, insulating cement, and block cement coated boilers and steam pipes in the buildings’ heating systems. Asbestos was also used during the process of making steel in the form of refractory mortar and insulating boards. When these systems were agitated, asbestos dust was emitted into the air and inhaled by laborers. South Buffalo Railway laborers who worked in close proximity to the coke ovens were also at risk of inhaling coke oven emissions.