Take the 'Eh-Train': Ottawa reveals names of 40 LRT cars

From the Rocket Richard to the Majestic Moose, Ottawa has revealed the names of the 40 train cars that should begin speeding along the city's two LRT lines this year.

Nearly 2,000 children submitted name suggestions for the cars

The 40 names announced Saturday will be displayed on the cars of the two light rail lines. (Trevor Pritchard/CBC Ottawa)

Fancy a ride on the Majestic Moose? How about heading into work on the Rocket Richard?

Those are just two of the 40 names revealed today for the rail cars that will soon travel along Ottawa's two light rail lines.

The City of Ottawa announced the names — which were submitted by children under 16 during a contest last November —  at a ceremony Saturday morning at Ben Franklin Place.

The city said it received nearly 2,000 entries, which were then narrowed down to the winners.

The winning entries drew on a mix of both local and Canadian history, and also included some Indigenous names.

The names of the six Trillium Line cars are:

  • Nanuq-Polar Bear
  • Northern Lights
  • Rocket Richard
  • Dreamcatcher
  • Emily Murphy
  • Portage

The names of the 34 Confederation line cars are:

  • Canada Goose
  • Farley Mowat
  • Gord Downie
  • Inuksuk
  • John McCrae
  • Logdriver-Draveur
  • Lord Stanley
  • Louis Riel
  • Majestic Moose
  • Odawa
  • Poppy
  • Snowbird
  • Bluenose
  • Boreal
  • Emily Carr
  • Jacques Cartier
  • Juno
  • Nathan Cirillo
  • Normandy
  • Samuel de Champlain
  • Thomas D'Arcy McGee
  • Totem
  • Tundra
  • Wagosh-Fox
  • Acadia
  • Agnes Macphail
  • Amik-Beaver
  • Bertha Wilson
  • Billy Bishop
  • Eh-Train
  • Henrietta Edwards
  • Maple Taffy
  • The Mountie
  • George Brown

Mayor Jim Watson, councillors Stephen Blais and Keith Egli, and general manager of transportation John Manconi  presented the 40 winners with two free tickets for the inaugural ride of the Confederation Line.

The 12.5-kilometre line, which runs from Tunney's Pasture in the west to Blair Station in the east, is running six months behind schedule but is expected to open in November 2018.