481 production series - our "Youngster"

This trains were delivered in the years from 1996 to 2004 and are called our "Youngsters".

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A new lease of life for our trains: This is how we make the 481 series fit for the future.

There are currently three production series running on Berlin's S-Bahn railways: one of them is the 481 series.

The 481 series is the youngest of the S-Bahn Berlin. From 1996 to 2004, the manufacturer Bombardier/Adtranz delivered a total of 500 quarter-trains (two cars). Of these, six quarter-trains were delivered to the S-Bahn Berlin as three continuous accessible half-trains (two-quarter trains). Among other features, the trains are equipped with large multi-purpose and utility compartments.

S-Bahn Berlin production series 481
The 481 series is currently the most widely used in Berlin.

Passenger information in the train is provided by a scrolling LED display and an automatic announcement system. Safety is enhanced by consistency, a simple emergency call, and a vandalism-resistant design.

The series was lovingly called "Diving Goggles" by Berliners - a name that was inspired by the shape of the window of the driver’s cab.

Technical data
First presentation: February 22nd, 1996
Commissioned on: from 10 December 1996
Specification: quarter-train
Quantity: 500
Gauge: 1,435 mm
Coupling length: 36,800 mm
Vehicle width: 3,140 mm
Vehicle width: 3,585 mm
Floor height: 1,000 mm
Seats (additional standing capacity): 94 (200)
Bogie axle base distance: 2,200 mm
Wheel diameter: 820 mm
Supply voltage: 750 V DC
Maximum speed: 100 km/h
Maximum acceleration: 1,0 m/ s²
Performance: 6 x 97,5 kW = 585 kW
Empty weight: 59 t

Further production series

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.