Swedish train officially dubbed Trainy McTrainface

By Ben Hooper  |  Oct. 20, 2017 at 10:56 AM
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Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A Swedish transport company has given in to the will of the people by officially naming a new train Trainy McTrainface after a public vote.

Transport company MTR Express, which earlier this year asked readers of Swedish newspaper Metro to vote on a name for the train, said 49 percent of the vote went to "Trainy McTrainface," making it the top choice.

The Stockholm-Gothenburg line train was officially given its name this week when it went into service.

Officials with MTR Express said they were resolved to abide by the public's decision, in part to avoid the sort of disappointment that resulted when a British polar research ship was not named Boaty McBoatface despite winning a public poll.

"We saw pretty quickly that Trainy McTrainface was in the lead and the popular option. There was a bit of international attention on the vote, and I imagine that some people were quite delighted to get some revenge for the Boaty McBoatface thing," MTR Express marketing chief Per Nasfi told The Local.

Trainy McTrainface joins a fleet of trains named Ingvar, which was dubbed in honor of TV host Ingvar Oldsberg; Estelle, named for a Swedish princess; and Glenn, a reference to the high number of players named Glenn in the UEFA Cup-winning Goteborg soccer team in the 1980s.

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