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Visit to the test center : a New S-Bahn to quiet, air-conditioned and with black doors

The first round on the Ring, the boss himself turned up. However, Peter Buchner, managing Director of the Berlin S-Bahn had to ask, first of all, where is the button for the door is closed. Because with the doors open not a modern S drives off-train. A technician rushed to help. So there are no scratches in the brand-new vehicle, was taped to the Cab with felt, some buttons were gone including. After 2 minutes and 20 seconds Buchner stood on the platform, perfectly braked.

The Ring is not about the Berlin S-Bahn Ring. He is only two kilometers long and is located close to the Dutch border. At the Siemens facility Wildenrath five previously completed prototypes of the new Berlin S-Bahn-series 483/484. According to Buchner, the Stadler-managing Director Jure Mikolcic, and the Siemens-Mobility-Boss Sabrina Soussan were allowed in the cab. The comparison Buchner won Mikolcic went too fast into the curve and Soussan braked too early.

160 000 Test are scheduled kilometres

Together, the six Kilometer, 2000 Kilometer drove the trains. But this is only a tiny fraction of the testing programme, the prototype in the coming months to pull: 160 000 Test kilometres, the first driving Board guests.

After the bitter experience with the current S-Bahn class 481, the brakes numerous built-in error since the years of the operation, the S-Bahn is now a vehicle that travels really close the doors, the brakes, and the technique does not flake, make a few snow broken.

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is easy to see: The new trains travel quietly, but have the typical "S-Bahn" Sound. Habituation needy is the Design. Buchner compared the Front with a "frenzied iPad". On demand, he assured that this was actually intended as a compliment.

The new series of 484 on the Siemens test site to view more pictures 1 of 15Foto: Jörn hasselmann today, 15:39Eckig. S-Bahn CEO, Peter Buchner compared the Front of the trains with a "frenzied I-Pad"previous Next

at Least as unconventional, the all-black doors. The latest rules call for the doors, there is a strong contrast to the side walls – this is intended to facilitate visually-impaired life.

also New is the air conditioning, the criticize of some professionals as fault-prone, energy-consuming and expensive. Such bleating aside wipes Buchner: "Each small air conditioning has the car today." In the trains, the temperature will be reduced only to three degrees to the outside temperature, so it is not like in America on the refrigerator temperature.

After about 20 laps on the Ring, some journalists were allowed to change to the driving lever moved Buchner this conclusion: "I am thrilled. The best trains, the Berlin've ever had." Of course, the heads of companies praising their product: "What more Beautiful and Better on the world market," said Stadler-chief. Siemens Boss Soussan promised "the best and the most reliable S-Bahn". For Siemens, it is also the honor, finally, the company was founded 160 years ago in Berlin.

Be delivered to the trains on time?

"Now the trains will just have to come on time," said Buchner at the address of Siemens and Stadler. Soussan and Mikolcic insured to deliver on time.

Indeed, five of the ten prototypes are now in Wildenrath. Overall, for the S-Bahn Ring and the access routes from the Southeast 85 half-trains (series 484) and 21 district trains (483) ordered, this time will be in 2023, delivered. In the most recent annual report of the S-Bahn, it is said that "the schedule up to the time of vehicle handover, in the meantime," was tense.

railway fans have to wait until the autumn. If in Wildenrath, everything works, is to turn the prototypes, then finally on to the Berliner Ring circles. However, at night, in the break between 1 and 4 PM. So far, Fans were able to admire a prototype only at the Innotrans trade fair in the autumn of 2018.

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Jörn Hasselmann

The first train with passengers, the chief wants to accompany again in the guide – but only as a spectator. A driver license Buchner has not. The date is set: On 1. January 2021, in the morning at 4 o'clock in the morning, on the S47 from Südkreuz to Spindler field. If everything works out.

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