Trains in Service

Currently these series are moving millions of passengers on Berlin's rails.

Production series 480
70 quarter trains
Production series 481
500 quarter trains
Production series 485
80 quarter trains

Three generations in regular service

At the moment our vehicle fleet consists of 650 quarter trains of three different production series: the majority are the 500 quarter trains of our youngest 481 series, which was first used in 1996. There are also 70 quarter trains of the 480 series and 80 quarter trains of the oldest 485 series, which was put into service in 1987.

Discover our present production series in detail:

S-Bahn Production series 481 at Berlin Friedrichstraße

Train Series 481

Our "youngster" was lovingly christened "diving goggles" by the Berliners - inspired by the shape of the driver's cab.

Production series 480

Train Series 480

Quite versatile: Our 480 series offers flexible use with one driver's cab at each end of a quarter-train.

S-Bahn Berlin production series 485

Train Series 485

The 485 series was placed into service in 1987 and was given the nickname "cola can" by the Berliners.

The "50-Step" package of measures

To ensure that everything runs smoothly until the implementation of the new 483/484 production series, the S-Bahn 480 and 485 series are given a comprehensive safety and reliability check.

A "50-Step Check" makes the red and yellow classics fit for further use until 2023. This is a contractual agreement made by the states of Berlin and Brandenburg with the S-Bahn Berlin, which also includes the new contract for the Ring/Southeast sub-network.

Over a period of four years, local railway transportation authorities will invest around €150 million in the upgrading of 70 series 480 trains and 80 series 485 trains. Most of the revamping will take place at the S-Bahn’s plant for heavy maintenance in Berlin-Schöneweide. 


⠀It is important that the S-Bahn remains a reliable means of transportation for the commuters from Brandenburg. We support the technical upgrading of the older series in order to ensure a more stable vehicle.⠀

Ines Jesse State Secretary in the Brandenburg Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning

Project longevity: renovation of the old series

Inspections for the 480 series include the powertrain, gearbox, and bogie frame.

In addition to the many small repairs, the 485 series requires minor interior modifications to make the vehicle lighter. This is mainly due to new technology, such as the operator assistance system, FASSI, that adds extra weight to the vehicle.

The S-Bahn has also launched a program to increase the longevity of the 481 series. This series will be the backbone of the vehicle fleet until the new fleet is introduced in 2033.



New S-Bahn Trains for Berlin and Brandenburg

Berliners and Brandenburgers will get to experience this new vehicle generation in 2021.

Maintenance Depots - The Reanimators

In order to keep the S-Bahns in top form, a routine maintenance check in the factories is required.