GERMANY: Stadler Pankow and Siemens have presented a full-sized mock-up of the vehicle design they will supply for the Berlin S-Bahn. Built in the Babelsberg Film Studio in Berlin, the wooden-bodied model will undergo four weeks of customer experience testing with around 400 ‘representative passengers’ and members of official associations. Siemens reports that more than 2 000 people applied to take part in the test.

At the end of last year the Stadler-Siemens consortium signed a framework contract with DB subsidiary S-Bahn Berlin GmbH for up to 1 380 electric multiple-unit cars. The base order of 85 four-car and 21 two-car trainsets would be used on the Ring and southeastern branches of the 800 V DC electrified network.

To be manufactured at Stadler Pankow’s factory in Berlin, 10 pre-series EMUs are to be delivered in 2020, with deliveries of all 106 to be completed by 2023.