What's better than one awkwardly-named Stadler double-decker EMU? Two of them, of course! This Stadler KISS is destined for ODEG and will run express lines in and around Berlin. At first glance, it looks like a different colored version of the one for BLS
, but it isn't, although model railroad makers might do it that way anyway.
The first difference is that this one is produced by Stadler Pankow, located in Pankow, a part of Berlin, while the other was built by Stadler Bussnang, their factory in Bussnang, Switzerland. Another thing is that this train, built for Brandenburg and Berlin, has less power than the BLS one, built for the surroundings of Berne. The KISS concept uses power modules (as do all Stadler trains, when you get down to it), and typically two in each end car: One over each truck, and there is walkway through the power module for passengers. The middle cars simply have seats in these places. The KISS for ODEG has three power modules; the space of the front end of one of the end cars is just seats.
Also, and this part is really hard to see from the outside, it is more tapered at the top. The windows use a more extreme angle. This was not by choice, but required by DB Netz. The common Bombardier double-deck coaches
use a special exception, because they are actually too wide at the top. DB Netz was apparently not willing to extend this exception to the Stadler KISS. As a result, there is noticeably less headroom in the window seats on the upper deck.
On a personal note, I actually don't like the KISS that much. What you can maybe see is that it has very tiny windows, in contrast to the Bombardier cars that are getting more windows every generation. The train is also fairly short; any individual car is three meters shorter than a Bombardier car, which means less seats. It also uses only low-level entries in the lower deck, which makes sense for Berlin, Brandenburg and Switzerland, where platforms with a height of 550 mm above rail top are common (there it allows gap-free entrance), but doesn't really work in areas like North-Rhine Westphalia, where the common height is 760 mm above rail top. There, entrances in the mid-level sections over the trucks are better, simply because they're wider. This is not theoretically impossible for the KISS (at least for the unpowered cars), but as far as I can tell, has not been offered yet. The interior is nice, but I like both swiss versions more (sadly, I didn't have the chance to try the austrian one yet).
(Also, it seems that someone has taken a picture of me taking a picture there. That wasn't one of you guys, right?)