2016-09-20 S-Bahn Berlin

In September 2016 I visited Berlin and travelled around a lot with the S-Bahn.
In this album I wil try to convey an impression of this highly efficient city transit system.
P1110456  I went to Berlin to visit the Innotrans, an international exhibition of the railway related market. The connection from Amsterdam to Berlin is still serviced by a conventional loco-and-carriages train which still has the breath of a what used to be a railway adventure, including a change of loco at the German border. S-bahn Network Map  The Berlin S-bahn (Stadtbahn = City Rail) comprises 332 km of track and 166 stations served by 15 lines. It carries above 400 million passengers per year and employs 3000. Rolling stock currently consists of approximately 2,500 coaches in 3 different classes P1110487  My first sighting of the S-bahn was straight from the train I was travelling in. This is the ubiquitous 481 Class travelling from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Charlottenburg P1110497  The 481 class consists of 500 four car units.
P1110498  481 in Berlin main station. The S-bahn system is powered by 750 V DC provided by a third rail. P1110510  After my first trip at station Charlottenburg. The large sliding doors are carried outwards. This enables larger windows and reduces maintenance costs when compared to doors that slide into a sleeve in the car's side wall. P1110511 P1110512  On my way to my hotel I changed at Charlottenburg from the S-bahn to the U-bahn at Wilmerdorferstraße. The metro network is an integrated part of the S-bahn network and currently comropises 146 kilometers and 173 stations. It is the largest metro network in the German speaking area (DACH: D = Germany, A = Austria, CH = Switzerland)
P1110513  This class is clearly not made for beauty, just for a job. P1110514  The equally business-like exit of the U-bahn. No frills. P1110548  The next day I took advantage of the beautiful indian summer (over 20C at the end of September!) and walked to the Innotrans fairgrounds, visible by the tower in the background. A member of the far less numerous 480 class crossing under the  Kurfüstendamm viaduct  in its appraoch to the Halensee station P1110554  A shot from  a viaduct in the Halenseestraße
P1110724  Sometime the S-bahn entrances have impressive buildings like this one at  Messe Nord station . P1110726  Changing trains at  Halensee P1110727 P1110728  Once again a member of the 480 class, easily  recogniseable by the headlights in the triangles.
P1110729 P1110730 P1110733  That evening I took a private trip to the north of the city. The station of  Berlin Hermsdorf  still breathes much of the 1930s atmosphere. P1110746  The next day I was washed along with the huge crowds in the rush hour at  Berlin Messe
P1110748  All dashing for Innotrans P1110805  After another exhausting day at Innotrans I returned via  Berin Westkreuz , a station lying in a sheltered lower area. P1110806  Not much of an impressive station building. P1110807  Yet the staton itself was a moody rivetted 1930's construction. The station is, as the name Kreuz betrays, a cross of two lines on two different levels. This is the upper level, the stairs to the lower level can be seen just ahead.
P1110808  Berlin Westkreuz on the lower level P1110809 P1110810  My last ride to the Berlin Hauptbahnhof. P1110812
P1110822  Travelling around in the S-Bahn is a joy. Far safer than the Metro in Paris where your chances of being robbed are substantial, it is clean and swift. For English speakers the announcements can be a source of trouble as they are invariably in German, but what the heck, this is Germany ;-). And the system is with the aid of Google Mpas very transparant so I had no trouble moving around.