Berlin celebrates the arrival of last S-Bahn train

Berlin S-Bahn fleet The representatives from politics, business, the Berlin-Brandenburg Transport Association (VBB) and the Berlin S-Bahn gathered on September 18, 2023, at the Charlottenburg station for the ceremonial delivery of the last train of the new Berlin S-Bahn fleet.

“We have received very positive responses to the new air-conditioned, quiet and comfortable trains – from our passengers as well as our employees. The new trains have already covered around 17 million kilometers in service,” S-Bahn CEO Peter Buchner said.

The states of Berlin and Brandenburg are financing the purchase of the trains, which were manufactured by a consortium of Stadler and Siemens which has delivered the new trains. Now all the 106 six-car trains are in service operating on the Ring lines S41/S42 as well as the S8 line, and the S8 line is extended to Wildau during peak hours.

“Completion of the new fleet of trains on the Ring line marks a significant step forward for the S-Bahn service and the entire Berlin public transport system. The expanded and improved service can make switching to rail an interesting option for many. We will continue to pursue this course of offering attractive services to win over more and more people,” said Manja Schreiner, Berlin Senator for Mobility, Transport, Climate Protection, and Environment.

The new S-Bahn fleet now offers a total of around 18,000 seats. The new trains have entered service successively since the beginning of 2021, and have been operating on lines S41, S42, S46, S47 and S8 since then.

The new Berlin S-Bahn fleet is equipped with air conditioning, state-of-the-art passenger information systems and cameras for greater security, and offers passengers a new level of comfort and convenience. The new fleet also increases the transport capacity in parts of the city’s S-Bahn network, thus expanding services.

The 483/484 series trains are part of the transport contract for the Ring subnetwork and are financed by the regions of Berlin and Brandenburg. Parallel, S-Bahn Berlin is continuing to implement its “BR 481 longevity programme”. More than 300 of the 500 trains in the 481 series (built between 1996 and 2004) have already been rebuilt.

Every day, around 1.4 million people use the S-Bahn Berlin trains, which operate on 16 lines in the capital and the state of Brandenburg.

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