S-Bahn Berlin, S-Bahn Berlin GmbH

1991 - 1996
In the development of the local train S-Bahn Berlin, IFS Design was responsible for all design-relevant elements, apart from the driver’s cab. Amalgamation of the two Berlin rapid transit networks in 1991 saw the start of the major vehicle procurement programme of the S-Bahn Berlin GmbH. Stated aim of the German Railways was a comprehensive renewal of the rolling stock fleet rather than an increase in its size. As early as 1993 a full-scale mock-up of exterior and interior was presented to the public by Deutsche Waggonbau AG and IFS Design.
All areas of the vehicles were conceived anew from the ground up. Top priority was given to high-quality design realisation down to the smallest detail. A further major consideration was to work out a new style of livery and material concept for the S-Bahn Berlin GmbH, and to this day, this is characteristic of the quality of the vehicles’ fittings.

The Berlin S-Bahn (class 481) in its traditional livery, with some 1000 units in service, has been part of the city scene since 1996.