[DE] This is the (almost) final design of the new Berlin S-Bahn

Do you see the difference? The title image shows the (almost) final design for the new S-Bahn trains for Berlin, the future ‘Baureihe 483/484’ that will take over the “Ring” and southern lines of the city as of 2021. The user/employee/expert evaluation of the mock-up has been concluded. These are the results:

  • 77% of the respondents approved the exterior design
  • 51% of the people approved the new, modern livery (Railcolor: no red line above the doors, no black, a livery that is different from the classic lay-out is always an hot item in Berlin)
  • again some red in the front area (did you notice?); it makes the vehicles better recognizable and the red covers dirt a bit better
  • the grips of the driver entry door are redesigned, being less ‘visible’
  • interior: horizontal grips along the seats
  • door warning light on the sides

Many more points however are still under consideration, as designer and manufacturer are still assessing the costs and feasibility:

  • destination displays inside/outside: white in stead of yellow figures
  • search for alternatives for the sound indicating where the doors are
  • improve placement of buttons / tactile feedback of doors for wheelchair users
  • reduce height of the back support of the folding chairs (in front of windows)
  • test a ramp for wheelchair users
  • Make it possible to temporarily fixate the folding chairs, in such a way they can not be used by passengers
  • extra loudspeakers
  • icons in a different color
  • re-design the brackets for bicycles
  • make the edges of the entrance a little rounder
  • transparant stickers showing the Berlin public transport network, to be placed on windows
  • seats for “little people”
  • double benches instead of single seats in the area carbodies are coupled together
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We will be following the process closely. Our thanks goes out to Deutsche Bahn for the information. Design impression by Stadler Pankow GmbH/design: büro+staubach berlin.

Photo: Stadler Pankow GmbH/design: büro+staubach berlin