Brunel Award

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Brunel Award
The signal box at Basel SBB railway station: Brunel Award in 1996.
Basel SBB signal box: Brunel Award in 1996.
Awarded forSome of the best projects in railway architecture, graphics, industrial design and art, technical infrastructure and environmental integration, and rolling stock, as well as examples of overall design quality across the world's railways.
Presented byThe Watford Group
First awarded1985
Last awarded2014
WebsiteBrunel Awards
SBB-CFF-FFS class Re 460 locomotive: Brunel Award in 1992.

The Brunel Awards are given to railway companies, to encourage outstanding visual design in railway architecture, graphics, industrial design and art, technical infrastructure and environmental integration, and rolling stock. The name is assigned to them in honour of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, founder of the Great Western Railway, and designer of the giant ship SS Great Eastern.

History[edit]

The Brunel Awards were first awarded in 1985, during the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Great Western Railway.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom presented the inaugural awards, at a ceremony in Bristol, England.

Awards Year Place Organiser Occasion
1st 1985 United Kingdom Bristol British Rail (BR) 150th anniversary of the Great Western Railway.
2nd 1987 Austria Vienna Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) 150 years of rail transport in Austria.
3rd 1989 Netherlands Amsterdam Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) 150 years of rail transport in the Netherlands.
4th 1992 Spain Madrid RENFE 50th anniversary of RENFE, opening of the LGV Madrid-Seville, Expo 92 and Summer Olympic Games, 1992.
5th 1994 United States Washington DC FoRTE Foundation for Railway and Transportation Excellence.
6th 1996 Denmark Copenhagen Danske Statsbaner (DSB)
7th 1998 Spain Madrid RENFE 150 years of rail transport in Spain.
8th 2001 France Paris SNCF Entry into service of the LGV Méditerranée.
9th 2005 Denmark Copenhagen Danske Statsbaner (DSB)
10th 2008 Austria Vienna Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB)
11th 2011 United States Washington DC Center for Industrial Design in Transportation, Inc.
12th 2014 Netherlands Amsterdam Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), ProRail 125th anniversary of Amsterdam Central Station and 175 years of rail transport in the Netherlands.

Categories[edit]

Beginning with the 2011 award ceremony, there have been five categories of award; the third category is new.

  • Category 1 : rail stations
  • Category 2 : technical infrastructure
  • Category 3 : Freight and railroad support buildings
  • Category 4 : industrial design, corporate branding, graphics, furnishing
  • Category 5 : rolling stock

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