New Berlin S-Bahn Trains to Enter Service on Line S47

The new S-Bahn trains for Berlin and Brandenburg will enter regular commercial service on 1 January 2021.

The series 483/484 trains, manufactured by the Stadler-Siemens Mobility consortium, will have their premiere run on New Year’s Eve on Berlin’s S47 line, connecting Spindlersfeld and Hermannstrasse.

S-Bahn Berlin departing Berlin Central Station
S-Bahn Berlin departing Berlin Central Station

Up until now, 10 pre-series trains – five 2-car and five 4-car trains – will start carrying passengers as part of a new contract with the states of Berlin and Brandenburg for the capital’s Ringbahn, which comes into effect on 1 January 2021. S-Bahn Berlin has ordered 106 trains in total, all of which will be delivered by the end of 2023. In addition to running on the Ringbahn, they will run on lines S41/42, S46, S15 and S8.

The first ten trains have been put through their paces on Berlin’s S-Bahn network since September 2019. They have completed around 150,000km. In October 2020 the Federal Railway Authority (Eisenbahnbundesamt – EBA) granted them full approval.

S-Bahn head Peter Buchner said:

“After completing a two-year test phase, we met all the requirements for beginning operations in plenty of time. The trains are ready to go, their crews have been trained, and the depots have been prepared. I want to thank all employees of the S-Bahn, DB, Stadler and Siemens who have worked tirelessly on this future-focused project.”

Stadler and Siemens Mobility announced the order to design, develop and build Berlin’s new S-Bahn trains in December 2015.

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