The Berlin S-Bahn, the rapid transit system serving the German capital, has signed a major framework contract for 1,380 new vehicles with a consortium of Swiss-based Stadler Pankow and German giant Siemens. A firm order has been placed for an initial 106 trains (85 four-section and 21 two-section) with the contract worth according to Siemens in the “high triple-digit million Euro” price range. The first ten vehicles will be ready to enter service in 2020 and subsequently, all remaining vehicles will be delivered continuously to the Berlin system up to 2023. For the first time in Berlin, the trains will be equipped with air conditioning. In addition, the cars will offer space for wheelchairs located directly behind the driver.
Operated as a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, the S-Bahn plans to use the new trains 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. These lines comprise roughly one-third of the entire S-Bahn network in Berlin. The vehicles will be manufactured and assembled at the Berlin plant operated by Stadler Pankow GmbH.
"The first ten vehicles will be pre-production and test vehicles. They will undergo extensive tests before entering regular passenger service – which will enable us to incorporate possible findings from operations in Berlin in the series," explained Ulf Braker, Member of the Group Executive Board of Stadler Pankow GmbH.
"Siemens and Stadler are offering a unique combination of competencies for the future of S-Bahn Berlin. Both companies are deeply rooted in Berlin, and together we will deliver vehicles that will operate with the highest reliability over many decades and be top-class technically," said Sabrina Soussan, head of Siemens' business with high-speed and regional trains and locomotives.
The vehicles will have a modern exterior design while remaining loyal to the traditional and trusted yellow and red colors of the Berlin S-Bahn. Along with powerful traction and control systems that ensure highly efficient and quiet operation, the main innovations will be in the interior. The cars will be walk-through all the way, feature a modern passenger information system and provide a spacious and comfortable environment for passengers. As is usual in S-Bahn trains, virtually all of the seats will be arranged vis-à-vis and will be supplemented by ample standing room and generously dimensioned multiple-purpose zones.
Consortium leader 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.
Thomas Bayrhof, (Head of Automatic Train Control, Deutsche Bahn), Carsten Carstensen (CEO, Hamburg Koln Express) and Stefan Engdahl (Executive Director - Market and Planning, Trafikverket) are amongst our expert speakers at SmartRail Europe (Amsterdam, 19-20 April 2016).
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