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Operator HVV/DB
System Type Commuter
Year Opened
# of Lines 5 full time/8 total
# of Cars 174 (3-car units)
Mileage 110 km
Gauge Std
Stations 58
Power 3rd Rail
Fare Media POP
Website HVV
Data Date 1990
1st Visit 1/00
Last Visit 4/00
% Rode 50%

Europe Transit > Germany > Hamburg


The Hamburg S-Bahn system operates on the surface as well as in subways thru town. It utilizes a unique third rail system. The third rail shoes contact the sides of the power third rail. The S-Bahn frequency rivals some metros on the downtown portions of the system. The S-Bahn also has one non-electrified line (S4). 

The Hamburg S-Bahn is in the middle of modernizing its equipment. Cars dating from the 1950/60's are being retired. Very modern cars with an attractive paint scheme are replacing them. 

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ham-cr10.jpg (33928 bytes)A new style train (BR474/874) on the S1 is heading into Berliner Tor Station. The U-Bahn U2 is to the right, the diesel S4 is to the left. (4/00) ham-cr01.jpg (33622 bytes)Same class train heading out of the south end of Hauptbahnhof or, main train station. (4/00 video.)
ham-cr03.jpg (28249 bytes)This train is leaving the downtown subway portion of the S1/S3 and meeting the S31/S21 lines at the north entrance to Hauptbahnhof (1/00 video.) ham-cr08.jpg (28313 bytes)Train is seen curving away from the main train station. Note the snow on the ground (1/00 video.)
ham-cr06.jpg (33274 bytes)Old meets new on the bridge crossing the Alster in downtown. The old train was built in the 1950's (1/00 video.) ham-cr07.jpg (28609 bytes)Two BR 471/871 class trains are pacing each other out of Hauptbahnhof on this cold day. (1/00 video.)
ham-cr02.jpg (28480 bytes)BR 472/473 class train is leaving Hauptbahnhof. These were built in the 1970's. (4/00 video.) ham-cr04.jpg (18684 bytes)This is the same class train, just painted in new color scheme to match the BR474 class. (1/00 video.)
ham-cr11.jpg (43091 bytes)A BR472 train is stopping inside Hauptbahnhof. Mainline services are to the left. (4/00) ham-cr05.jpg (23251 bytes)An old BR470/870 class train  built in 1959 is crossing the Alster bridge. (1/00 video.)
ham-cr12.jpg (28704 bytes)An S4 line train is going towards Hauptbahnhof near Berliner Tor. This is not electrified. (4/00)

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