A Swedish rail operator has vowed to name one of its trains ‘TrainyMcTrainface’ after a public vote, saying it would bring joy to people disappointed when Britain rejected the name BoatyMcBoatface for a polar research ship following a similar poll.
TrainyMcTrainface won 49 percent of the votes in the naming competition, conducted online by train operator MTR Express and Swedish newspaper Metro, beating choices such as Hakan, Miriam and Poseidon.
‘(This is) news that will be received with joy by many, not just in Sweden,’ MTR wrote in a statement.
The train will run between the Swedish capital Stockholm and the country’s second-biggest city Gothenburg,
Last year, the British government said a new £200 million (€223 million) polar research ship would be named after veteran BBC naturalist David Attenborough even though the name ‘BoatyMcBoatface’ had topped an online poll.
The instigator of the Boaty name later apologised for his suggestion, which won more than 124,000 votes.
As a consolatory gesture, the research ship’s remotely operated undersea vehicle, designed to collect samples from the deep waters of the Arctic and Antarctic, will be named BoatyMcBoatface, the government said.