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P42 and Timken Co. Question

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Last week I saw that the bar above the wheels on the P42's has a Timken mark on it. Timken's main steel foundry and drop forge facility is right by my house, I was wondering what that part was and what else (if anything) Timken makes for the P42 and/or the rest of the Amtrak fleet.
 

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I'd hazard a guess that there are, at least, Timken roller bearings in those trucks.
 

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That's a given but their stamp wasn't on the bearing it was on the crossbar (?) above the wheels.
Possibly it was the Shock Absorber. Just guessing, since that would look like a bar and Timken does manufacture Shock Absorbers. It cannot be the truck frame, since P42s use Mak-Krupp bolsterless trucks.
 

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That's a given but their stamp wasn't on the bearing it was on the crossbar (?) above the wheels.
Possibly it was the Shock Absorber. Just guessing, since that would look like a bar and Timken does manufacture Shock Absorbers. It cannot be the truck frame, since P42s use Mak-Krupp bolsterless trucks.
Did they do it for all of the P42s? Are they also on Amtrak's other stock, power or coaches?
 

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Looks surprisingly like a truck frame component to me...?

Anyone know if Amtrak might have been custom-casting trucks recently as a stop-gap for the cracks noted earlier last year? Probably not, but anything is possible I suppose. After all, Amtrak only has so many P-40's to cannibalize, and those numbers are smaller than ever.
 
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