Blue Ribbon Award (railway)

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1988 Blue Ribbon Award plaque inside an Odakyu 10000 series HiSE EMU
2006 Blue Ribbon Award ceremony at Shinjuku Station for the Odakyu 50000 series "VSE" Romancecar EMU, September 2006

The Blue Ribbon Award (ブルーリボン賞 Burū Ribon Shō?) is an award presented annually in Japan since 1958 by the Japan Railfan Club. It is awarded for railway vehicles that entered service in the previous year and voted by members as being the most outstanding design of the year.[1]

Award winners[edit]

1958 Blue Ribbon Award winner, Odakyu 3000 series SE EMU
2005 Blue Ribbon Award winner, JR Freight M250 series Super Rail Cargo EMU carrying commemorative Blue Ribbon Award sticker, 2005
2012 Blue Ribbon Award winner, E5 Series Shinkansen
2013 Blue Ribbon Award winner, Tokyo Metro 1000 series
2014 Blue Ribbon Award winner, Kintetsu 50000 series

The list of award winners since 1958 is as follows.[2]

Award Year Train Operator
1 1958 3000 series SE EMU Odakyu Electric Railway
2 1959 151 series Kodama EMU JNR
3 1960 10100 series Vistacar II EMU Kintetsu
4 1961 KiHa 81 series Hatsukari DMU JNR
5 1962 7000 series Panorama car EMU Nagoya Railroad
6 1963 20100 series Aozora EMU Kintetsu
7 1964 3100 series NSE EMU Odakyu Electric Railway
8 1965 0 Series Shinkansen JNR
9 1966 KiHa 8000 series DMU Nagoya Railroad
10 1967 18200 series EMU Kintetsu
11 1968 581 series Gekkō EMU JNR
12 1969 JNR Class EF66 electric locomotive JNR
13 1970 5000 series Red Arrow EMU Seibu Railway
14 1971 (No award) -
15 1972 14 series coach JNR
16 1973 183 series EMU JNR
17 1974 AE series Skyliner EMU Keisei Electric Railway
18 1975 (No award) -
19 1976 6300 series EMU Hankyu
20 1977 6000 series EMU Nagoya Railroad
21 1978 12400 series Sunny Car EMU Kintetsu
22 1979 30000 series Vistacar III (now Vista EX) EMU Kintetsu
23 1980 Enoden 1000 series EMU Enoshima Electric Railway
24 1981 7000 series LSE EMU Odakyu Electric Railway
25 1982 1000 series Bernina EMU Hakone Tozan Railway
26 1983 2000 series EMU Keikyu
27 1984 14 series Salon Express Tokyo train JNR
28 1985 8800 series Panorama DX EMU Nagoya Railroad
29 1986 2100 series Resort 21 EMU Izukyū Corporation
30 1987 KiHa 83/84 Furano Express DMU JR Hokkaido
31 1988 10000 series HiSE EMU Odakyu Electric Railway
32 1989 21000 series Urban Liner EMU Kintetsu
33 1990 651 series Super Hitachi EMU JR East
34 1991 100 series Spacia EMU Tobu Railway
35 1992 20000 series RSE EMU Odakyu Electric Railway
36 1993 787 series Tsubame EMU JR Kyushu
37 1994 (No award) -
38 1995 50000 series Rapi:t EMU Nankai Electric Railway
39 1996 883 series Sonic EMU JR Kyushu
40 1997 (No award) -
41 1998 500 Series Shinkansen Nozomi JR West
42 1999 285 series Sunrise Express EMU JR Central & JR West
43 2000 E26 series Cassiopeia sleeping car JR East
44 2001 885 series Shiroi Kamome EMU JR Kyushu
45 2002 E257 series Azusa / Kaiji EMU JR East
46 2003 21020 series Urban Liner Next EMU Kintetsu
47 2004 5100 type bilevel cab car Marine Liner EMU JR Shikoku
48 2005 M250 series Super Rail Cargo EMU JR Freight
49 2006 50000 series VSE EMU Odakyu Electric Railway
50 2007 0600 series "Portram" Toyama Light Rail
51 2008 N700 Series Shinkansen JR Central & JR West
52 2009 60000 series MSE EMU Odakyu Electric Railway
53 2010 E259 series Narita Express EMU JR East
54 2011 AE series Skyliner EMU Keisei Electric Railway
55 2012 E5 Series Shinkansen EMU JR East
56 2013 Tokyo Metro 1000 series EMU Tokyo Metro
57 2014 Kintetsu 50000 series EMU Kintetsu

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ブルーリボン賞・ローレル賞" [Blue Ribbon Award & Laurel Prize] (in Japanese). Japan: Japan Railfan Club. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "ブルーリボン賞・ローレル賞 選定車両一覧" [Blue Ribbon Award & Laurel Prize Winner List] (in Japanese). Japan: Japan Railfan Club. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 

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