New Awards announced to reward rail cabin technological and design excellence


The organisers of the world’s only dedicated rail-interior events have joined forces to create The Rail Interiors Awards, accolades that are designed to reward innovation from and by rail suppliers, operators, design houses, and rail carriage manufacturers.

Co-hosted by the organisers of The Rail Interiors Show and The RedCabin Rail Interiors Innovation Summit, The Awards are non-for-profit and judged by an independent jury of 12 Rail industry experts and journalists including the likes of Nicole Michel, Alstom; Kirsty Dias, PriestmanGoode; WeiWei He, tangerine; Izzy Kington, Railway Interiors International; Manuel Diaz Redondo, Talgo; Karsten Wagner, Stadler Rail; and Christiane Bausback, N+P International Design.

There are six Awards for grabs:

-          Technological Innovation of the Year

-          Design Innovation of the Year

-          Concept of the Year

-          Project Collaboration of the Year

-          New Rail Cabin of the Year

-          Overall Rail Cabin of the Year  

Among the contenders for The Technological Innovation of the Year Award is DCA’s new so-called ‘Active Comfort System’ that allows individual control of the feel of a seat cushion. Passengers can adjust the seat cushion from hard to soft in infinite steps. The innovation goes head-to-head against almost 10 other new rail technological advances including a smart charging solution from EAO and Muirhead’s new fire-safety testing solution for new train seat designs that is said to reduce product development cycles from two months to four hours.

Elsewhere, rail operators, carriage manufacturers, and design houses will compete in the New Rail Cabin of the Year category. Featuring brand-new or significantly refreshed carriages that have been introduced in the last 12 months, significant contenders include Southeastern’s First Class 395 trains that have benefited from a Euro31 million upgrade as well as the new Berlin S-Bahn fleet that features 106 brand-new trains manufactured by Siemens.

Another company hoping for success in The Rail Interiors Awards 2023 is Alstom with its forthcoming Line 18 in Paris featuring carriages that have been designed in conjunction with disability communities and associations to ensure accessibility for everyone.

Of final note among the 30-plus Awards’ entries is a group of six Portuguese companies. Gunning for the Project Collaboration of the Year Award, MCG, Almadesign, Cablotec, Famopol, Wiseware, and the institute Itecons worked together to create IRIS, a fresh rail-cabin concept that boasts a central panel equipped with a HVAC system crafted from 100% recyclable materials and employing a combination of thermoplastic and aluminium materials. Among its other innovative ideas, the IRIS design features decorative lighting with customizable patterns, enabling branding opportunities for each operator, alongside side ceiling panels that integrate sound insulation layers to ensure exceptional sound absorption.

The results of The Rail Interiors Awards 2023 will be announced on the evening of 8 November at The RedCabin Rail Innovation Summit, which is being held in Vienna, Austria.

For further information, including the full shortlist of possible winners and all of the jury members, visit or contact Damien de Roche or Andreas Wibowo