Trainspotter becomes Tik Tok hit with hilarious footage from platforms
Trainspotter wins 11.3M TikTok likes thanks to his hilarious videos from station platforms – and insists more younger people are taking up the hobby
- Student Francis Bourgeois’ TikTok videos on trains have had 11.3million likes
- Mechanical Engineering student at Nottingham University said trains have always been his passion and that he want to get a job to improve railway network
- His most popular video has had 6.8 million views and sees him tracking a 377 locomotive that’s going from Littlehampton to Southampton Central
- He admitted on This Morning that he has ‘plenty of anoraks’ in his wardrobe
A self-confessed trainspotting fan is taking TikTok by storm after he began sharing clips of his adventures on platforms.
Videos uploaded by Francis Bourgeois, a Mechanical Engineering student at Nottingham University, have had 11.3million likes, with his most popular effort notching up 6.8million views.
Appearing on This Morning on Monday, Bourgeois told presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that he’s amazed by the outpouring of love he’s received on the social media platform.
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Student Francis Bourgeois’ TikTok videos on trains have had 11.3million likes, with his most popular, a clip of him awaiting a Class 377 locomotive from Littlehampton to Southampton Central, winning 6.8million views
The TikTok creator admitted on This Morning today that he has ‘plenty of anoraks’ in his wardrobe but said that there’s a new breed of younger trainspotters
A love of trains started when Bourgeois lived in Willesden in London – and he now says he wants to make a career out of his passion
The student admitted to the duo that he has ‘plenty of anoraks’ in his wardrobe but said there’s a new breed of younger, cooler trainspotters to be seen at stations up and down the country.
He told the pair that his love of trains began when he lived in Willesden Junction in London, and he now spends lots of his spare time tracking his favourite trains.
Bourgeois said: ‘You come across a lot of trainspotters – you have the traditional ones who sit with there with their paper and pencils and more recently younger people have been taking videos and posting them online. There’s definitely a new movement of trainspotters.’
His most popular clip sees him sat on a foldable chair on a platform awaiting a Class 377 locomotive that’s going from Littlehampton to Southampton Central. As the train flashes past, he’s knocked backwards from his seat by the blast of air.
He told Holly and Phil that his favourite train is the Class 43 HS2, which departed from June for the last time from London.
Here is a Southern class 377 running Littlehampton to Southampton Central #trains #trending #fyp
He told Holly and Phil that his favourite train is the Class 43 HS2, which departed from June for the last time from London – and showed off a special badge he received during the trip
Here it comes! His most popular video sees Bourgeois seated on a foldable chair awaiting a Class 377 locomotive
He explains to viewers that the train is going from Littlehampton to Southampton Central
As the train flashes past, he’s knocked backwards from his seat by the blast of air
Among his collection of train memorabilia is a station master’s outfit from the 80s
The student said he hoped to be able to have a career in railway engineering and infrastructure engineering, which got a round of applause from Holly and Phil
That’s his fave: The Class 43 HS2, which departed from June for the last time from London
Showing off a badge on his pin-striped shirt, he said: ‘This is a replica of the name plate that was on the front of the train so it means a lot to me.
It’s more than just a passing hobby too, Bourgeois, who’s been accused of just being a ‘character’ by trolls online, says he hopes to turn his passion into a career.
He explained: ‘I have a real passion for going into railway engineering and infrastructure engineering because I feel like I want to contribute to make the railway network a better place for everyone.’
He said he wanted to make train rides ‘more comfy, more enjoyable and quicker – and just a good alternative form of transport.’
His career plans got a round of applause from the This Morning team, with Holly saying ‘Yes Frances – it’s what our railway system needs is someone like you.’
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