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Swedish rail operator to name train Trainy McTrainface in latest online poll saga

Swedish rail operator to name train Trainy McTrainface following online poll

A Swedish rail operator is set to name one of its trains Trainy McTrainface after a public vote.

Trainy McTrainface won 49% of the votes in the naming competition, conducted online by train operator MTR Express and Swedish newspaper Metro. Other names included Hakan, Miriam and Poseidon.

In a statement MTR wrote that the news “will be received with joy by many, not just in Sweden”, following the rejection of the name Boaty McBoatface in a similar public vote in Britain.

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) last year invited the public to suggest names for the UK's new £200m polar research ship. Despite that fact that Boaty McBoatface topped the vote with 124,000 votes, the NERC decided there were "more suitable" names, and named the ship after English veteran broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

In recognition of the vote, the research ship’s remotely operated undersea vehicle, designed to collect samples from the deep waters of the Arctic and Antarctic, was named Boaty McBoatface.

In March the city of San Diego asked the public to vote to name a new stadium and training facility, with Footy McFooty Face topping the poll.

The MTR will run between the Swedish capital Stockholm and Gothenburg.

MTR said another train had been voted to be named “Glenn”, an apparent tribute to an IFK Gothenburg soccer team of the 1980s that featured four players of that name, including Glenn Hysen, who later captained Liverpool.

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