Trainy McTrainface: Swedish railway keeps Boaty joke running

The name is nod to UK poll choice for polar research ship


Trainy McTrainface: Swedish railway keeps Boaty joke alive

A public vote to name four trains running between Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden has resulted in one of them being called Trainy McTrainface.

The moniker is an echo of the name Boaty McBoatface, chosen by the British public for a polar research vessel.

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Trainy McTrainface received 49 per cent of the votes in a poll that was jointly run by Swedish rail company MTR Express and Swedish newspaper Metro, reports the Guardian.

Another two trains have already received their new names. One is called Estelle, after the five-year-old daughter of Sweden's Princess Victoria.

Another is called Glenn, after a long-running joke that everyone in Gothenburg is called Glenn, as it is a very common name in the city. The other train has yet to be named.

The public vote for the polar research ship to be called Boaty McBoatface was overruled, and it was named RRS Sir David Attenborough instead. However, an onboard submersible was given the Boaty title.

MTR Express, however, are happy to run with the name and said they hoped Trainy McTrainface would "be received with joy by many, not only in Sweden", according to the Metro.

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