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Meet Thibault Constant

Today we’d like to introduce you to Thibault Constant.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I created my Youtube channel Simply Railway back in 2018 when I was bored during a class. Back in the day, I was watching a lot of airplanes trip reports on Youtube. Suddenly I had the idea to do that but by train. Since I’m a child my family always traveled by train, I basically grew up in a train. Trains are a family business. I knew a lot about trains and I always love riding them, so why not create a youtube channel and start travel all around Europe by trains (I especially love overnight trains) That’s exactly what I did!

Then when I was graduated with a master degree, I decided to move in the US I found a job as an engineer in a train manufacturing company in Warrensburg, MO. Not my dream destination but why not. My job was temporary, though. I had an 18 months visa. I lived during my whole stay in the suburb of KC (Lee’s Summit), and I had a blast in the Midwest.

I was traveling within the US during my stay. I did almost every state (including my favorite, Alaska). During the week, I was working as an engineer, during the weekend, I was traveling to a new destination by train. Amtrak does have a lot to offer. Now I’m back in Europe and I still travel by train, making videos and promoting as much as I can train travel.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It was a smooth road, but it’s definitely a lot of hard work, especially having “normal” work on the side. I remember doing a shift from 6:00 am until 4:00 pm and come back and work until midnight on my videos. But when you are passionate about what you do, it’s usually a smooth road!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I basically record all my train trip adventures with my iPhone in a POV style. Then I add subtitles to give my opinion on the train, the station, the highlights of the trip. People love my videos because I usually take the train “the star” of the video. Not me. I rarely show myself in front of the camera (I try to do it more often) They prefer my style of video because it’s really relaxing, people feel like they are traveling with me. I’m also known for being a bit “Geeky” about the trains. Since I know a lot of details about them, I try to teach the viewers about trains.

How do you define success?
By doing what you love and what makes you happy.

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