The first 5 new trains for S-Bahn Berlin GmbH, manufactured by Stadler – Siemens consortium are undergoing tests at Siemens Mobility’s Test and Validation Center in Wegberg-Wildenrath.
So far, the trains have completed about 2,000 of the total planned 160,000 test-kilometers.
“Starting 2021 we will put into service the new trains which will bring reliable, quickly and comfortable travel to our passengers. The new trains will therefore be intensively tested over a period of two years,” Peter Buchner, CEO of S-Bahn Berlin, said.
In December 2015, S-Bahn Berlin GmbH has signed a framework contract with the consortium of Stadler Pankow GmbH and Siemens for the delivery of up to 1,380 vehicles, with an initial order for 106 trains, of which 85 four-section and 21 two-section trains.
The new trains will be used on the Ringbahn lines (S 41 and S 42) as well as on the system’s southeastern feeder lines S 47, S 46 and S 8, which comprise one-third of the entire S-Bahn network in Berlin. The first 10 vehicles will be ready to enter service as of 2020. Subsequently, all remaining vehicles will be delivered continuously to the Berlin system up to 2023.
The vehicles will be manufactured and assembled at the Berlin plant operated by Stadler Pankow GmbH.
Under the contract, Stadler will be responsible for the mechanical and structural aspects of the construction and production, including, for example, the air conditioning system and assembly of all components. Siemens will be responsible for the electrical equipment, including the propulsion and braking systems, on-board power supply system, vehicle and train control systems, passenger information system and vehicle bogies.
Maintenance of the trains will be provided by S-Bahn Berlin GmbH, which will use its existing infrastructure.