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South West Trains pays homage to Boaty McBoatFace with light-hearted name change

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By John McCarthy | Media editor

March 23, 2016 | 2 min read

South West Trains has weaved another layer of storytelling to the Boaty McBoatFace saga, by naming its service from Portsmouth to Waterloo as Trainy McTrainface.

The service issued a reference to the trolls who have hijacked the Natural Environment Research Council's (Nerc) #NameOurShip campaign, opting to name a £200m Royal Research Ship RRS Boaty McBoatFace.

Following the unlikely shipping tale, reaching many social media and media feeds, the train service has made a playful nod to mishap.

A South West Trains spokeswoman told the Evening Standard that the service will not be named Trainy McTrainFace indefinitely, admitting that uit was a “one-off”.

"It is a one-off by one of our creative guards who wanted to bring a smile to the face of our customers."

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