S-BAHN Hamburg has received delivery of the last of its new fleet of 82 class 490 EMUs from Alstom, from a contract originally signed with Bombardier Transportation in 2013. 

S-Bahn Hamburg ordered an initial batch of 60 of the three-car trains, worth €327m, in July 2013, with 12 more ordered in November 2016 and a further 10 in December 2018. 

The first unit from the initial order was delivered to S-Bahn Hamburg’s Ohlsdorf depot in October 2016. 

The EMUs are equipped to operate on dedicated S-Bahn tracks electrified at 1.2kV dc third rail. The fleet also includes several 490.1 sub-series EMUs, which will be deployed on Line S3, and are also equipped for 15kV 16.7Hz operation on DB mainline tracks. A similar arrangement is also planned for the Line S4 extension to Bad Oldesloe. 

The trains will have a maximum speed of 100km/h on the third rail network, and 140km/h on overhead electrified sections, and are fitted with eight traction motors with a combined output of 1360kW. 

The trains have 190 seats, inter-car gangways, air-conditioning and a multi-purpose area for wheelchairs, pushchairs, bikes and luggage. 

The trains replace the S-Bahn’s class 472/473 fleets, which date from the mid-1970s. S-Bahn Hamburg still has options for a further 64 units and is also modernising its class 474 fleet with new inter-car gangways and passenger information systems.  

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