Photo: Øivind Haug
There are often many years between each time NSB purchases new trains. It is a complicated and all-encompassing process, which involves many internal and external decision makers. NSB has managed to procure a train that builds upon reliable basic solutions, with all visible elements tailor-made for the Norwegian climate and all imaginable user groups.
A strong focus on universal design has involved several organisations for disabled people.
The need for public transport systems is increasing in line with the growth of the population of Eastern Norway. NSB wants to be an attractive alternative to competing means of transport for getting people to work. The company has therefore emphasised a light and airy design, high functionality, the environment, safety and comfort – for everyone.
The exterior distinguishes itself with windows at varying heights, long lines and a new standard in driver’s cabs. The engines are adapted to Norwegian conditions, the brakes will tolerate a lot of snow and ice, and with a solidly designed front, the train is adapted to the Norwegian winter climate. With lighting integrated in the doors, the platform will also be lit up in the dark autumn and winter months.
The ceiling height is raised and the luggage spaces are particularly spacious and transparent for better monitoring of your luggage. The toilet solutions also set a new standard. All in all, this is an impressive achievement of good compromises between the many parties involved.
Company: Norges Statsbaner and Stadler Rail AG
Project group company: Daniel Zuberbühler - Commercial Project Manager, Stadler AG
Thomas Legler - Technical Project Manager, Stadler
Tore Amblie Bjørback - User Representative, Norges Handikapforbund
Beate Alsos - User Representative, Norges Blindeforbund
Berit Therese Larsen - User Representative, Funksjonshemmedes Fellesorganisasjon
Bjørnar Dagstad - User Representative, Hørselshemmedes Landforbund
Kjell-Arthur Abrahamsen/Emil Eike - Project Manager, NSB
Audun Lind-Eriksen/Dagfrid Hestnes - Head of Customer Solutions, NSB
Laila Borgen Skaiaa/Jan Vetle Moen - Environmental Manager, NSB
Dagfrid Hestnes - Head of Universal Design, NSB
Nina Tøgard - Profile Manager, NSB
Ellen Haugen - Work Environment Manager, NSB
Hans Arne Dingtorp - Head of Technical Solutions, NSB
Also, all staff at NSB, about 100 persons in total, who have been involved in the project
Design: Nose design AB
Project group design company: Christian Harbeke - Dipl. Ing. ETH / Product Designer HfG/Partner, NOSE design
The visual profile has been designed based on NSB’s profile and concept for train exteriors and interiors, which was created in collaboration with Dinamo design and Scenario Interiørarkitekter.
Award / year: Award for Design Excellence - 2012
Category: Industrial design