Solid, Roller & Friction Bearing Journals

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Looking into roller bearing history, Timken was selling roller bearings for horse-drawn equipment in 1893. Their bearings were incorporated into automobiles quite early, and into machine tools before World War I. (Timken began to call their product an "anti-friction" bearing around 1910.) It is an indication of the conservatism of railroad mechanical people that railroad applications came as late as they did.

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