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Vossloh on Track with Timken
System Solution for New EURO 4000 Locomotive

CANTON, Ohio, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) is supplying an integrated system of bearings and housings to Vossloh Locomotives for its new EURO 4000, the most powerful diesel-electric locomotive in Europe.


"Timken engineers from Germany, Spain and England worked together to develop a bearing and housing system solution that would enhance the performance of this powerful locomotive," said Mat Happach, vice president - rail for Timken. "Our growth in the global rail market is largely from customers like Vossloh, who are on the leading edge of their industry and turn to Timken for innovative products that perform well in demanding environments."

With its heavy-duty traction system, the 4,250 horsepower EURO 4000 locomotive is designed for hauling heavy, long freight and passenger trains. The locomotive has six axles per unit, which endure extreme load stress and employ 12 Timken integrated systems. The locomotive has a top speed of 120 kilometers (74.4 miles) per hour. The locomotive recently made its public debut at the Innotrans 2006 trade fair in Berlin.

The Vossloh plant in Valencia, Spain, is building 18 EURO 4000 locomotives, with an option for another 12 to be delivered in February 2008. The locomotives are for Angel Trains Group, a unit of Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC, and will operate on freight networks in Spain, France, Belgium and Germany, as well as passenger networks in Germany.

About Vossloh Locomotives

Vossloh Locomotives is a subsidiary of Vossloh AG, the transportation technology specialist. The 4,700 employees of the conglomerate, which operates worldwide, generated sales of 996.4 million euros (US $1 billion) in 2005. Some 365.2 million euros (US $458 million) of the total was attributable to the Motive Power Division, of which Vossloh Locomotives forms a part.

About The Timken Company


The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR, keeps the world turning, with innovative ways to make customers' products run smoother, faster and more efficiently. Timken's highly engineered bearings, alloy steels and related products and services turn up everywhere. With operations in 27 countries, sales of $5.2 billion in 2005 and 27,000 employees, Timken is Where You Turn™ for better performance.



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