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Sweden let the public name their new train – so they called it Trainy McTrainface

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No, really. The name notched up a huge 49 per cent of the vote in an online and newspaper poll held by Swedish rail company MTR Express to name its four new locomotives.

The RSS David Attenborough, formerly ‘Boaty McBoatface’. Credit: CNN

The cheeky moniker is a reference to a similar poll held by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council last year in which the public voted to name a $380 million Antarctic research ship – and called it Boaty McBoatface.

The Council wasn’t happy so the poll results were thrown out and the ship christened RSS David Attenborough – prompting a public campaign for the famous broadcaster and naturalist to change his name to Boaty McBoatface.

The controversial name was eventually given to a long-range UK submarine.

But while the Research Council may have regretted its poll, MTR says they will be sticking with the people’s choice.

“We like this name,” their spokesperson told the ABC. “We think that Boaty McBoatface from [the]UK kind of got his revenge now by his cousin Trainy McTrainface winning this poll.”

Revenge – and a good laugh.

Annie Donaldson

With a background in nursing, Annie has spent over 20 years working in the health industry, including the coordination of medical support for international TV productions and major stadium events, plus education campaigns with a number of national health organisations. In recent years, she has also taken time out of the workforce to be a full-time carer, giving her first-hand experience of the challenges and rewards of this role.


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