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Trainspotting Legend Francis Bourgeois Finally Gets To Ride Dick Mabbutt


Trainspotting Legend Francis Bourgeois Finally Gets To Ride Dick Mabbutt

Francis Bourgeois has revealed to his followers that he finally got to ride one of his 'favourite locomotives'.

The trainspotting enthusiast, who has amassed a huge following on social media for his videos about trains, was lucky enough to hop onboard GB Rail Frieght's train number 73962.

While that number doesn't really swing off the tongue very easily, the locomotive's other name is Dick Mabbutt.


Francis has uploaded a video of him getting to step into the driver's compartment and even got to blare the horn a few times to people waiting on the platform.

He said in the clip that he's finally been 'reunited' with the train, which means he must've had the honour of stepping onto the locomotive beforehand.

His post has racked up more than 150,000 likes from his ever-growing fanbase and they absolutely loved seeing him hop on the train.

One person wrote: "This brings me so much joy."


Another user added: "This guy makes me so happy."

A third said: "I love you have your own Francis Spotters now cheering you on! Well deserved IMHO!"

Francis recently revealed that his stardom has excelled so much that he's now been able to dedicate more time to it.


The 21-year-old has himself down as a 'video creator' on Instagram now and wrote on his story over the weekend: "Today I quit my job to do trainspotting full time!!"

In the clip, he had his headphones in and was walking down a road with the biggest smile on his face. Shortly after the video begins, he breaks into a run.

Francis, from Harlesden, North West London, became what must be the UK's most famous trainspotter after picking up the hobby while he was at school - despite being mocked by his peers.

It was only during the coronavirus lockdown that the engineering student started to make TikTok videos about his passion.


Credit: Instagram/francis_bourgeois43Credit: Instagram/francis_bourgeois43

His update on Instagram doesn't explain whether he had a job on the side of his studies that he's packed in. But we're sure there will be more to come.

Up to now, Francis has a whopping 1.6 million followers on TikTok as well as another 877,000 on Instagram. Fans go on the platforms to see him spotting trains and commentating. Francis is known for the unique camera angles he has in his videos, which he achieves using his GoPro camera.

Francis already has a Cameo account where he was charging £26, however his profile on the site (which allows users to create personalised videos for money) is currently not taking any requests.


We can only imagine he's backlogged with videos to film and now knows he can make even more money becoming an influencer. Fair play to him.

He was allowed into the driver's compartment and got to blare the horn at people waiting on the platform.

Featured Image Credit: GB Rail Frieght/Instagram

Topics: Viral, News

Stewart Perrie
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