Swedes name locomotive 'Trainy McTrainface'

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GOTHENBURG, Sweden — On Tuesday, Swedish railroad, MTR Express, officially named one of its newest locomotives as "Trainy McTrainface."

Earlier in the year, MTR Express invited the public to suggest names for the new locomotives and then vote on the most popular entries. "Trainy McTrainface"was far and away the winner. The name was borrowed from the "Boaty McBoatface" that 124,000 people voted to name a British research ship last year. Certain people said that MTR Express might back out of using the name — Boaty McBoatface was named after Sir David Attenborough instead — but MTR Marketing Chief Per Nasfi promised the public that “I can guarantee with my life that the train will be called Trainy McTrainface.”

Pictures of Swedish locomotives have circulated on the Internet, but official sources do not confirm the make and model of the locomotive to be dubbed "Trainy."

The rest of the locomotives will bear more conventional names: Ingvar, named for a local television host; Estelle, in honor of Princess Estelle of Sweden; and Glenn, which references a joke that everyone in Gothenburg is named Glenn.

All of the new trains will have their names painted on the side. MTR Express says that when Trainy McTrainface enters service, it will “be received with joy by many, not only in Sweden.”

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