Mass Transit Metro!

Written by: TrainSim-James

The S1 Line of the Hamburg S-Bahn is the city’s second largest, initially traversing the outskirts before diving into the heart and serving many locations including the nearby international airport. This historic line originated in the early 1900s, and still aids in the movement of people day in and day out. One day soon, you will be able to take command of the ever-busy ‘Mass Transit Metro’ as Hamburg S1 S-Bahn is rapidly approaching Train Simulator!

Life, for what would become known as the Hamburg S-Bahn, began in 1906 with the opening of Hamburg Hbf where steam hauled services would run between Blankenese and the city itself. Despite the railway tracks in this area were not exactly ‘new’, this is the first time that they had been used in ‘rapid-transit’ style operations; as such, the new usage came under the name of the Hamburg-Altona Urban and Suburban Railway.

Extensions of the suburban service quickly followed, allowing connections with Hasselbrook and Ohlsdorf on the eastern face of Hamburg. It was also around this time when the decision was taken to electrify the line, by 1907, electric trains were utilising the, once current, overhead catenary throughout the city. It was at this point, when electricity was the source of motive power that the line fell into what could be categorised as an S-Bahn today. It would not be until 1924 that the Hamburg S-Bahn was so-named however, this occurred once the old Alster Valley Railway to Poppenbüttel was acquired and the route to Wedel was on-lease for suburban use.

By the 1930s, it was decided that the Hamburg S-Bahn could benefit from re-electrification, this time however, using 1200 V third rail. Similar in most respects to the Berlin S-Bahn, the introduction of third rail would provide more versatile power needs as trains and services got faster. The under-side contact method was chosen as standard, and the line saw a whole 450 V increase of Berlin’s offering, to further improve acceleration and performance. By 1939, all overhead was abandoned and third rail dominated the line. It would not be until 1959 that the line to Wedel was actually acquired and electrified.

In 1965, the Hamburg S-Bahn numbering scheme came into play and saw Wedel – Poppenbüttel, the second longest S-Bahn route, become known as the S1 Line. While the line has held a key importance throughout its life, be it steam powered, overhead-populated or otherwise, it was not until 2008 that the mere purpose of the line would change for the busier. An extension was built out of Ohlsforf station and headed westbound, only one station was on the new spur – Hamburg International Airport, the Airport Shuttle was born. Services would now split to serve Poppenbüttel and the Airport simultaneously, and naturally, a connection with the Airport has seen the S1 become even more vital to the growth of business and tourism within and surrounding Hamburg.

The Hamburg S1 S-Bahn will feature the 45km route from Wedel to Poppenbüttel and Hamburg Airport as an extension to the already existing 63km Hamburg-Lübeck route. A total of 7 Career and 3 Railfan Mode scenarios will be included for you to discover the second-longest S-Bahn line in Hamburg.

The DB BR 474 Plus EMU shall be included as key modern traction to the Hamburg S1 line; the traction included in Hamburg-Lübeck, DB BR 218, DB BR 145, DB BR 294 and associated rolling stock will also be included for AI purposes.

It will not be long until you will have the chance to put your skills to the test on the bustling Hamburg S1 S-Bahn route, keep an eye out for updates!

For much of Hamburg's City Centre, the S1 Line finds itself diving underground in a true 'metro' style. The line bursts out adjacent to Altona station (above) before quickly turning into a tree-flanked scene for the rest of the journey to Wedel (below).

For much of Hamburg’s City Centre, the S1 Line finds itself diving underground in a true ‘metro’ style. The line bursts out adjacent to Altona station (above) before quickly turning into a tree-flanked scene for the rest of the journey to Wedel (below).

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A touch of history, the western portion of the S1 Line is still home to the classical clunk of semaphore signals. It seems only fitting that Hamburg's oldest S-Bahn line still manages to retain such iconic infrastructure.

A touch of history, the western portion of the S1 Line is still home to the classical clunk of semaphore signals. It seems only fitting that Hamburg’s oldest S-Bahn line still manages to retain such iconic infrastructure.

Wedel-bound, services depart while curving over and away from the Blankenese area, giving the road users below a captivating sight as the DB BR 474 Plus units bank overhead.

Wedel-bound, services depart while curving over and away from the Blankenese area, giving the road users below a captivating sight as the DB BR 474 Plus units bank overhead.

The DB BR 474 Plus, a modern icon of Hamburg, is seen doubled up, powering up the grade of Altona on a peak-time service westbound. It's an unusal sight to see a mix of modern traction and DB Traffic Red, which doesn't hang under the wires. All-unique and un-obscured with the Hamburg S1!

The DB BR 474 Plus, a modern icon of Hamburg, is seen doubled up, powering up the grade of Altona on a peak-time service westbound. It’s an unusal sight to see a mix of modern traction and DB Traffic Red, which doesn’t hang under the wires. All-unique and un-obscured with the Hamburg S1!

Blankenese station, thanks to it's previous time as a terminus for the original suburban railway, ensures operational diversity with the S1 Line as services, in either direction, must reverse here to continue their journey (above). For westbound locals, the reversal ushers in a level of change as the final stretch to Wedel is a scenic, single track path (below).

Blankenese station, thanks to it’s previous time as a terminus for the original suburban railway, ensures operational diversity with the S1 Line as services, in either direction, must reverse here to continue their journey (above). For westbound locals, the reversal ushers in a level of change as the final stretch to Wedel is a scenic, single track path (below).

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The latest addition to the Hamburg S1, a station underneath the city's International Airport. 3 car units mainly populate it's undercover platforms, as services split and join as the previous station, Ohlsdorf, to ensure a regular service for both local residents towards Poppenbüttel and Hamburg Airport which in 2015 helped transport well over 15 million people.

The latest addition to the Hamburg S1, a station underneath the city’s International Airport. 3 car units mainly populate it’s undercover platforms, as services split and join as the previous station, Ohlsdorf, to ensure a regular service for both local residents towards Poppenbüttel and Hamburg Airport which in 2015 helped transport in excess of 15 million people.

TrainSim-James

9 Comments

  • It would be cool if you can update the BR 474.3 so that we can switch between DC and AC system while driving.

  • Absolutely magnificent, I will be making sure I purchase this when it comes out!

  • Looking forward to this, be nice to finally have a proper place for the 474.3. Will us who purchased this already receive any discount?

    • Yes, we’ve worked out a special deal for existing owners of the Hamburg-Lubeck Railway route

  • I have been driving on the existing part of the S-bahn a lot, so I am really excited that DTG decided to make more of the Hamburg S-bahn!

  • Really looking forward to this one. Too bad the S11 does not seem to be included, since that runs on the same tracks as the S1 apart from the section between HH-Altona and HH-Hbf where it takes a different route (just for 3 stops though).

    What I noticed about the pictures of the BR 474 though: I can’t seem to be able to spot the contact shoe for the third rail, which is quite prominent on the real train, since it’s mount / case (not sure what the correct term would be) is painted bright red and is clearly visible against the otherwise black bogies. (Should be very easy to see what I mean in a google picture search / or on wikimedia). And I feel that is quite an important detail that should be addressed.

    And last but not least:
    Will there be announcements? Don’t know if S-Bahn Hamburg GmbH give out their real audio files, but it would certainly be worth asking since it adds A LOT of immersion, especially in commuter / mass transit type of services. Or you could just ask the actual DB voice actor Ingo Ruff. He seems to be open to Train Simulator stuff, since he has already worked with Versystem for a payware scenario pack on Berlin – Wittenberg (S-Bahn Berlin).

    • Thanks for the comment morbvs. Just to answer a couple of your questions – we have added in all of the trackwork and signalling (no scenery) for the S11 section of the route so that AI trains can utilise this section and still run to timetable.

      The BR 474 is still in development and there’s a few things left to do on it, the third-rail shoes is one of those things, but these will definitely be in position for release.

      • No scenery for the “Verbindungsbahn”? Aw 🙁 Was really hoping for it, so Danny could combine the route with Hamburg – Hannover, making it possible to drive ICE and IC scenarios from Altona to Hannover. Well you’ll still can I guess, but without scenery…

  • This is going to be an amazing route!

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