Name the Trains Contest

Name the Trains Contest

Mayor Watson has officially launch a special contest that engages children and youth aged 16 and under to celebrate the future of transit in Ottawa. It’s the Name the Trains Contest.

This contest provides the next generation of transit users with a unique opportunity to see their suggested names continue down the rail lines – the O-Train Confederation Line and O-Train Trillium Line – for many years to come.

This is a great opportunity to get your children, nieces, nephews or grandchildren involved in playing a part in naming the train cars that will be a part of the biggest infrastructure project in Ottawa’s history, since the days of Colonel By and the building of the Rideau Canal.

The entry form, along with more contest details – including rules, regulations and guidelines – are available at Each participant can submit as many name suggestions as they wish, but he or she can only win once. However, before submitting, they must first get permission from a parent or guardian.

Here are some helpful guidelines when choosing a name:

  • It should be short (maximum of 16 characters, spaces included)
  • It should be related to trains (or train service) or have a Canadian or Ottawa-related significance
  • It must fit into one or more of the following five categories:
  1. People
  2. Animals
  3. Natural world
  4. Culture
  5. History
  • Names should be bilingual or easily translatable (English & French)
  • Names should be friendly, have a pleasant sound and be easy to remember
  • Must not be negative, vulgar, offensive, racist, exclusionary or threatening in any nature

A total of 40 train cars will be named as part of the Name the Trains Contest – consisting of 34 O-Train Confederation Line train cars and six O-Train Trillium Line train cars.  The contest deadline is December 8, 2017, and a selection panel will review the name submissions. Winners will be announced in 2018.

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