Stadler and Siemens show off first half train for the new S-Bahn

Credit: Railway Gazette

Stadler and Siemens have unveiled their first ‘half train’ for the S-Bahn in Berlin at InnoTrans today.

The four-car train will begin operation in 2021 on Berlin’s Ring/Southeast network.

The new trains can be inspected at this years InnoTrans, which is being held from the 18th – 23rd September. The train will also be open to the public on the open house days to allow future passengers chance to see what they look like.

During the presentation, Peter Buchner, CEO of S-Bahn Berlin GmbH, Christian Gaebler, head of Berlin’s Office of the Senate, and Susanne Henckel, Managing Director of VBB Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH, festively unveiled the logos of operator S-Bahn Berlin and VBB.

The 73.6-meter, four-car half train with 184 seats is completely accessible along its full length.

Stadler is responsible for the mechanical equipment and body components. This includes the air conditioning system, doors, car body and the assembly of all components. Siemens is responsible for the electrical components, including traction drive and brake systems.

What did the officials say?

Peter Buchner :

“Our anticipation is growing with every step that brings the train closer to its passenger service. We can now share this anticipation with the Berlin and Brandenburg public when it finally gets to see the new S-Bahn first hand this week,”

Ulf Braker, CEO of Stadler Pankow GmbH, commented:

“The contract awarded in 2015 by S-Bahn Berlin marks a major milestone for Stadler’s activities in Germany and especially in Berlin. Here, as with all our projects, we are pursuing the highest standards of excellence with regard to quality. As a train manufacturer based in Berlin, we are naturally especially proud to be presenting the first new S-Bahn from Berlin for Berlin. In this project, we’ve combined our experience in trains precisely tailored to meet customer needs with the high quality standards expected by passengers here in Germany’s capital.”

Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility GmbH:

“We are proud to once again make an important contribution to the mobility of the city where our company was founded over 170 years ago. The new S-Bahn for Berlin combines tradition with high-tech, and carries a young heart beneath its almost hundred-year-old color combination of yellow and red. With its high-redundancy traction drive system, a state-of-the-art power supply system and reliable vehicle control and train protection, we are enabling S-Bahn Berlin to operate its trains efficiently and smoothly.”

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