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Timken to be sole supplier of Velaro high-speed train bearings

The Timken Co. obtained a contract to be the sole supplier of tapered roller bearings for final drives Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG is manufacturing for Siemens Transportation Systems’ Velaro E high-speed trains.

The trains will operate up to 217 mph on the Spanish national railway’s Madrid-to-Barcelona line.

The bearings are “more compact and economical than the previous cylindrical roller bearing design used on some high-speed trains,” according to Timken.

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