Timken has been chosen to supply a journal bearing assembly and housing for the new PROTOS train in Germany.

Designed to reduce friction in the train's wheels, the customised unit consists of tapered roller bearings mounted in a radial arm housing.

The pre-assembled, pre-lubricated and sealed bearings are fitted to the train axle and positioned in the housing within the bogie frame.

The PROTOS is a low-floor multiple-car train that reaches speeds of 160 kilometres per hour as it travels regionally.

FTD Fahrzeugtechnik Dessau in Dessau, Germany, developed and builds a diesel and an electric version of the train for sale to European railway operators.

FTD will introduce the train at the InnoTrans rail fair in Berlin, Germany, in September 2006.