Hi all, this time I'm suggesting something slightly out of my comfort zone, but popularly requested: The Berlin S-bahn. I chose the S9 and S3 lines to be the center of this, as they cut straight through Berlin, offering views on famous locations, pictures of which will be at the end of this post. Contents The Route General description Cab views Services Rolling Stock What comes with the route? Baureihe 483/484 Baureihe 481/482 Baureihe 442 (Talent 2) DLC Baureihe 480 FEX? Layers Conclusion Pictures Edits The Route General description The route is made up of the S9 and S3 lines. They run together from Spandau to Warschauer Straße, where they split. S3 diverges towards Erkner, via Ostkreuz. S9 curves south just before Ostkreuz, and continues to the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER). The line contains some well known parts of Berlin, such as the Museuminsel, the still shiny Berlin Hbf, the Janowitzbrücke, and in the distance even the Bundestag, Fernsehturm and Rotes Rathaus. On this route the S-bahn largely runs besides classic railway tracks, on which the RB14 and RE7 run, both of which are operated by Talent 2 EMUs. That is why I chose this route, because it appeals to players that like RE and RB services (like me) too! Cab views S9 Flughafen Schönefeld (now BER terminal 5) to Spandau* - by Bimmelbahnpilot *Please note the the Cab Ride above was recorded in 2018, before BER was opened, therefore the first part is a bit different now. S3 Erkner to Ostbahnhof - by Bimmelbahnpilot Services Below I've listed the important services on this route. The stops that are on this route proposal are bold. In italic I've listed the last and first stops not on the route, so you know where the line diverges. For S-bahn services I have not listed frequency, as it is Every 10 min. on all lines (every 30 min. during weekends and night). S3 and S9 are listed because they are the important ones that are included entirely. There are more S-bahn services that run partially along the route, but if I were to list them all I'd be busy all day. S3 Spandau – Stresow – Pichelsberg – Olympiastadion – Heerstraße – Messe Süd – Westkreuz – Charlottenburg – Savignyplatz – Zoologischer Garten – Tiergarten – Bellevue – Hauptbahnhof – Friedrichstraße – Hackescher Markt – Alexanderplatz – Jannowitzbrücke – Ostbahnhof – Warschauer Straße – Ostkreuz – Rummelsburg – Betriebsbahnhof Rummelsburg – Karlshorst – Wuhlheide – Köpenick – Hirschgarten – Friedrichshagen – Rahnsdorf – Wilhelmshagen – Erkner Rolling Stock: BR 480, BR 481 S9 Spandau – Stresow – Pichelsberg – Olympiastadion – Heerstraße – Messe Süd – Westkreuz – Charlottenburg – Savignyplatz – Zoologischer Garten – Tiergarten – Bellevue – Hauptbahnhof – Friedrichstraße – Hackescher Markt – Alexanderplatz – Jannowitzbrücke – Ostbahnhof – Warschauer Straße – Treptower Park – Plänterwald – Baumschulenweg – Schöneweide – Johannisthal – Adlershof – Altglienicke – Grünbergallee – Flughafen BER Terminal 5 (Schönefeld) – Waßmannsdorf – Flughafen BER Terminal 1-2 Rolling Stock: BR 480, BR 481 RE7 (from Wannsee) - Charlottenburg - Zoologischer Garten - Berlin Hbf - Friedrichstraße - Alexanderplatz - Ostbahnhof - Ostkreuz - BER terminal 1-2 - (on to Blankenfelde) Every 60 min. Rolling Stock: BR 442 RB14 (from Albrechtshof) - Spandau - Charlottenburg - Zoologischer Garten - Berlin Hbf - Friedrichstraße - Alexanderplatz - Ostbahnhof - Ostkreuz - BER terminal 1-2 Every 60 min. Rolling Stock: BR 442 Rolling Stock What comes with the route? BR 483/484 The BR 483/484 is the newest addition to Berlins S-bahn fleet. It can be seen increasingly on S3 and S9. They have been in revenue service since january 1st 2021. They were built by Siemens and Stadler. The 483 is a so called 'quarter train' or 'Viertelzug' in German, consiting of two carriages with cabs on each end. The 484 consits of 4 carriages, it's called a 'half train' or 'Halbzug' in German, it too has cabs at each end. As you can tell from the names, a normal S-bahn train consits of 8 carriages. More info on wikipedia. BR 481/482 The 481 is the second newest train on the Berlin S-bahn. It can be seen throughout Berlin. They came into being after the German reunification, and the reunification of the S-bahn systems that came paired with that. Unlike the BR 483/484 and BR 480, it only has a full driving cab at one end, meaning the minimum length is 2 coupled sets (with outward facing cabs), and thus 4 carriages. More info on Wikipedia BR 442 Talent 2 The 442 is already in game, so I'd normally put it under 'layers', but as everyone that owns TSW2 has SKA, and therefore the Talent 2, it makes no difference whether it comes with the route or as a layer. It operates the RE and RB lines on the route, which would give a bit of variation from the S-bahn services, giving faster services that stop less. More info on Wikipedia DLC BR 480 The BR 480 came in to life due to the need for new rolling stock when BVG took over S-bahn services in West-Berlin from the DR in the '80s. It doesn't run this route a lot anymore, but would be good to see for variety. More info on Wikipedia FEX? The line doesn't have much room for DLC, but the FEX would be possible. It consists of a few DoStos hauled by a TRAXX 3 (BR 147) locomotive. But this train would only be able to run from Ostkreuz to BER airport on this route, which is a bit short. Adding an extension to Berlin Gesundbrunnen and the lower levels of Berlin Hbf would be a possibility, but DTG has not yet shown interest in making extensions of the kind. Another option would be merging this route with a future Ringbahn route (I have made a suggestion for a way to connect routes). This would allow more room for the FEX and more S-bahn services. Layers Just as the line has little room for DLC, it has little room for DLC. Of course a lot of trains travel the route, but they only do so for a short distance, and then diverge. This does mean there is a lot of oppertunity for AI layers, to make the route feel prototypically alive. Conclusion The S9 and S3 lines of the Berlin S-bahn would make good additions to the game, they'd offer new 3rd rail commuter services, a first for Germany. Besides that the RE7 and RB14 lines would offer more then just S-bahn services to the route. Please let me know your thoughts below. Also please let me know if you have additional information or if I made a mistake, as stated at the beginning, this is a bit out of my comfort zone as I'm not familiar with the Berlin S-bahn. Pictures A 481 and the FEX stand side by side at BER airport. Jannowitzbrücke station. A BR 481 at Berlin Hbf A BR 481 crossing the bridge at the Museuminsel, in the background the Fernsehturm can be seen Same place, slightly different angle. Now the 'Rotes Rathaus' can be seen in the background. A BR 483/484 exiting the tunnel into the BER airport station. Friedrichstraße station. An S3 service to Erkner at Berlin Hbf. A Talent 2 on the RE 7 line at Berlin Hbf. Edits: 13-3-2021: Changed which units come as standard with the route, the BR 483/484 now comes as standard instead of the BR 480, which is an optional DLC.