Train Series 480 - our "flexible"

There are currently three model 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.

Production series 480

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.

The series is characterized by the fact that an driver's cab is located at both ends of the quarter-train, allowing more flexible train service.

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.

Vehicle details

Technical data
Specification: Double-rail car
Quantity: 70 quarter-trains
Gauge: 1435 mm
Length per quarter-train: 36.800
Vehicle width: 3.120 mm
Vehicle height: 3.600 mm
Floor height: 1.100 mm
Seats (additional standing capacity): 92 (250)
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