Posted: 9 September 2009
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The S-Bahn (commuter rail) system of Hamburg was created after the experiences with Berlin, which means it is very similar in some ways, but very different in some others. In particular, due to different voltages and operating concepts, they have to use completely different vehicles.
Unlike Berlin, Hamburg did not get to keep it’s old colors of dark blue and beige, but instead uses traffic red like everyone else as well these days. These two class 474.3 EMUs are among the newest you can even find in Hamburg. What separates them from the normal 474 is the recessed pantograph in the roof (and the electrics that go wit it). This dual-mode train can operate over normal lines with normal electricity, which is used to extend the network down to Stade.