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Sweden Let The Public Name Their New Train, So Of Course They Called It Trainy McTrainface

A great day for democracy.

A Swedish rail company, MTR Express, asked the public to help them name their new train, and in news that should surprise no one, Trainy McTrainface won in a landslide.

Trainy is one of four new locomotives that will run between Gothenburg and the Swedish capital of Stockholm. The name scored a massive 49 percent of the vote in an online and newspaper poll, beating out other options including Hakan, Miriam and Poseidon. Of the three other trains, one will be named Estelle after the 5-year-old Swedish princess, another will be named Glenn, while the third will be named by an MTR Express staff member.

The name Trainy was of course inspired by Boaty McBoatface, the moniker chosen by the British public for a $380 million antarctic research vessel. In a dark day for democracy, the results of the poll were ignored, and the ship was christened RSS David Attenborough. This resulted in a public campaign to have the actual David Attenborough legally change his name to Boaty McBoatface. Eventually the name was assigned to a long-range unmanned submarine instead.

The good news is that the name Trainy McTrainface is here to stay. “We like this name,” a spokesperson from MTR Express 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.”

Way to go Sweden. Way to go.

Feature image via MTR Express/Twitter