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Trainspotting Legend Francis Bourgeois' 'Real Name Revealed'

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Trainspotting Legend Francis Bourgeois' 'Real Name Revealed'

Francis Bourgeois, aka the internet's favourite trainspotter, has captured hearts across the world with his uplifting TikTok videos.


However, according to The Tab, we've been calling him by the wrong name this whole time.

That's according to the name of the sole director of 'FRANCIS BOURGEOIS LIMITED', which was incorporated this week.


The 21-year-old student's real name is actually thought to be Luke Nicolson.

The publication went on to report that it appears Luke borrowed the moniker from a court painter to king George III of the UK.

Whether it's Francis or Luke, that doesn't make his passion for locomotives any less endearing.

The viral sensation is from Harlesden, North West London and when he's not creating TikTok videos on train platforms, he's studying engineering at the University of Nottingham.


According to The Sun, Francis (or Luke) started trainspotting while he was at school and began to share videos of his hobby during lockdown.

His fanbase continues to grow, with a solid 1.7 million followers on TikTok and a further 913,000 on Instagram.

As well as his charming interaction with rail staff, Francis is known for the unique camera angles he has in his videos, which he achieves using his GoPro camera.

Credit: Instagram/Francis Bourgeois
Credit: Instagram/Francis Bourgeois

Earlier this month, the train enthusiast revealed that he quit his job to do trainspotting 'full time'.

Francis, who has himself down as a 'video creator' on Instagram, wrote on his story: "Today I quit my job to do trainspotting full time!!"

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

It certainly seems he's making the most of his career move, as this week he finally got to ride one of his 'favourite locomotives' - the GB Rail Frieght's train number 73962.


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

Francis 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.

As for the revelation about his name, some people might try to argue that his train enthusiasm isn't legit.


However, Francis previously responded to similar accusations by sharing a photo of himself as a young boy in a train uniform surrounded by toy trains.

He accompanied the picture with the caption: "I love to show how awesome trains can be as well as trying to make you smile, laugh and just try and bring joy."

And that's exactly what he does with his videos.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Francis Bourgeois

Topics: Train, TikTok

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