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.
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.
|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|