Can you think of any awesome names for the new Canberra Light Rail Vehicles?

Elias Hallaj 5 December 2017 51
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Let’s get creative, Canberra! Suggest names for the new Light Rail. Photo: Supplied.

OK, I admit I’m a bit of a light rail nerd. Having studied mechanical engineering before I ended up working in politics, the design, scale, and durability of rail transport has always been attractive. The prospect of the first line of the new Canberra Metro Light Rail Network opening next year is exciting for lots of reasons, including 14 shiny new red Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs).

The journey for Canberra's first light rail vehicle has officially begun!

Posted by Meegan Fitzharris MLA on Tuesday, 7 November 2017

As one of the new vehicles is already on its way to Canberra from their manufacturer in Spain, it won’t be long before we see it running up and down Northbourne Avenue, past the gridlock during the morning and afternoon peak hour traffic. RiotACT readers and everyone you know, time to put on your thinking caps and think of some sexy names for Canberra’s new Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs)!

Like all big LRV nerds in Canberra, I consumed all the information provided by ACT LightRail up to and including their transformation into The Public Transport Association of Canberra, led by the inimitable Damien Haas. The PTCBR Facebook Group recently reported that our City’s journal of record wrote a short article encouraging its readers to participate in a poll of possible names for Canberra’s new LRVs. However, like a few PTCBR fans I was disappointed with the odd name suggestions and the small number of survey responses to this online poll.

So here you go Canberra, this is your second chance to contribute to this important public discourse! What do you and your friends and family think the new vehicles should be called? Remember, these LRVs will eventually be part of a city-wide network that will probably eventually carry millions of people and certainly outlive all the current Canberra Times readership. We will present the winning name in this poll to someone in the ACT Government and formally request it be included in their consideration for the name of at least one of the new trams.

An artist’s impression of one of the new Canberra Light Rail Vehicles. Photo: Supplied.

It’s getting late on a weekend. So far our writer has had three homebrew beers and has come up with these suggestions below… (and admits to stealing a few from the PTCBR Facebook page).

What should we call Canberra’s newest Light Rail Vehicle?

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(If you have any other name suggestions please include in the comments section below).

The Canberra Times survey for suggested names of the new Canberra Trams received 620 votes by the time the poll closed. We hope to get more votes and funnier suggestions via the RiotACT readership. If you have any better suggestions, please include them in the comments below and in the RiotACT facebook comments. If your suggestions are awesome enough our editors will amend the poll to include them as well. The writer has also promised to do a follow-up story with anyone who has a hilarious suggestion and is also nerdy enough to join him for a close-up when the first LRV arrives in Canberra in a few weeks.

Elias Hallaj (aka CBRfoodie) is a part-time food blogger and a full-time political staffer who has joined RiotACT as a regular contributor. All his opinions about LRVs are his own. As an aspiring food writer he hopes that one of the new LRV’s will eventually be converted to a travelling restaurant or food truck (or food train?). If you have any tips or feedback or advice about light rail or food around Canberra you can add a comment below or find him most nights on Twitter @CBRfoodie.

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51 Responses to Can you think of any awesome names for the new Canberra Light Rail Vehicles?
Jorge Garcia Jorge Garcia 9:23 pm 11 Dec 17

I think that all the trams collectively should be called BIMBI or BADYAN (Ngannawal words for bird/birds). Then the individual trams could be given Ngannawal bird names like Bunduluk (Rosella); Galu (Crane); Guginya (Kookaburra); Gang-gang (Gang gang parrot); Giliruk (pee wee); Karrungang (Magpie). And please remember to ask first…

Tyson Blais Tyson Blais 8:47 pm 11 Dec 17

Malcolm Trambull

Capital Retro Capital Retro 10:33 am 11 Dec 17

Peter Ellis said :

Red Elephant; White Elephant; Blue Elephant; Green Elephant; Grey Elephant; Dark Grey Elephant; Midnight Blue Elephant; Taupe Elephant; Pink Elephant; Watermellon Pint Elephant; Brown Elephant; Baby-stuff Brown Elephant; …

Rainbow elephant?

smartsafetygirl smartsafetygirl 2:05 am 11 Dec 17

The Canberra HOPE express:) or the CBR Hope express or the CBR angel express

Peter Ellis Peter Ellis 12:43 am 11 Dec 17

Red Elephant; White Elephant; Blue Elephant; Green Elephant; Grey Elephant; Dark Grey Elephant; Midnight Blue Elephant; Taupe Elephant; Pink Elephant; Watermellon Pint Elephant; Brown Elephant; Baby-stuff Brown Elephant; …

Philip Selmes Philip Selmes 10:52 pm 10 Dec 17

Neon Express

Philip Selmes Philip Selmes 10:26 pm 10 Dec 17

HAL 9000

Sam Croser Sam Croser 10:18 pm 10 Dec 17

Tim Tram

Jilya Jilya 10:07 pm 10 Dec 17

Burley-Griffin No. 1. (since he always envisaged trams for Canberra)
The People’s Hope
The People’s Tram
Trammin It

Mike Hughes Mike Hughes 10:01 pm 10 Dec 17

btw Can we make ALL our Public Transport the same shiny poppy red?

You can see them coming a mile off and they add a lovely dash of color to an otherwise dreary city. I can dream I am still in London or hiking through gorgeous Danish spring countryside.

Capital Retro Capital Retro 10:22 am 10 Dec 17

Frances McPherson said :

Belleza roio . . Means Red Beauty in Spanish. ??

La belleza roja would be more correct but then gender is no longer relevant, is it.

Frances McPherson Frances McPherson 1:52 pm 09 Dec 17

Belleza roio . . Means Red Beauty in Spanish. ??

Darrel Kolsky Darrel Kolsky 11:12 am 09 Dec 17

Roundabout Wrangler

Lucy Baker Lucy Baker 9:19 pm 08 Dec 17

Ainslie, Bimberi, Gudgenby, Namadgi, Coree

TB TB 8:23 pm 08 Dec 17

Maybe… Cantram, Capitram, Trampy tram, Olitician tram, Kanberra tram, TramCan, Rail Can.

Spiral Spiral 9:24 am 08 Dec 17

Pork Barrel

dungfungus dungfungus 9:07 pm 07 Dec 17

Leon Arundell said :

I propose 5 names: Amanda Bresnan, Meredith Hunter, Caroline Le Couteur and Shane Rattenbury, without whom trams would not have been an issue at the 2012 election, and Katy Gallagher, whose government (a) sent Infrastructure Australia an analysis that showed that bus rapid transit would be a much better investment than light rail, (b) copied the Greens policy, and (c) kept its analysis secret until 9 months after the election.

Who knows, Katy may even end up driving one of the trams if she loses her Senate seat.

dungfungus dungfungus 8:50 pm 07 Dec 17

Rattenbury’s Retro Reverie in Red

Emma Chizit part 2 Emma Chizit part 2 7:06 pm 07 Dec 17

My suggestion is BuzzLight rail.

Futureproof Futureproof 6:51 pm 07 Dec 17

How about “Still drive your car”

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