480 production series - our "flexible"

There are currently three production series running on Berlin's S-Bahn railways: one of them is the 480 series. Due to the positioning of a driver's cab at both ends of a quarter-train, the 480 series is particularly flexible in usage.

The 480 series was commissioned after the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) (1984) had taken over the operating rights for the West Berlin S-Bahn from the German Reichsbahn. From 1990, 45 quarter-trains were delivered. A second delivery in 1993 and 1994 increased the stock by 40 quarter-trains.


Production series 480
Die Baureihe 480 wurde 1986 von der BVG in Auftrag gegeben, die damals noch das S-Bahnnetz in West-Berlin betrieb.

This was the first time that the Berlin S-Bahn saw a three-phase-drive in use. The version as a double-rail car made it possible to use it as a quarter-train during low traffic periods.

Technical data
Specification: Double-rail car
Quantity: 70 quarter-trains
Gauge: 1,435 mm
Length per quarter-train: 36,800 mm
Vehicle width: 3,120 mm
Vehicle height: 3,600 mm
Floor height: 1,100 mm
Seats (additional standing capacity): 92 (200)
Bogie axle base distance: 2,200 mm
Drive wheel diameter: 900 mm
Supply voltage: 750 V DC
Maximum speed: 100 km/h
Maximum acceleration: 1,3 m/s²
Performance: 8 x 90 kW = 720 kW
Empty weight: 59,0 t
Tensile force: 104 kN/208 kN

Further production series

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.

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.

Illustration of the new trains of the S-Bahn Berlin

New trains for Berlin

S-Bahn Berlin will herald the start of a new vehicle generation. Here you will receive any information you want to know about the new trains.