Who Knew Rod Stewart Liked Model Trains?
I’ve always been kind of fascinated with model trains. We always had a train set under our Christmas tree when I was young, and then as a mom, made sure my children had a train set too. Perhaps it’s in my blood, my granddad worked for B&O Railroad. One of my favorite places to visit is Roadside America in Pennsylvania where they have one of the largest train displays I’ve ever seen.
So this morning, I was sick, couldn’t sleep, and I turned on what I thought was going to be News, it wasn’t. It was an interview with Rod Stewart, and since I am a fan of his music, I thought it could be interesting to hopefully fall back to sleep to. I didn’t fall back to sleep, as it was very interesting. I found out besides the usual toys that male celebrities have, like cars, he has built himself an amazing model train display.
Itâ€™s as different from the average toy railroad as the rest of the singerâ€™s glitzy home is from a tract house in Peoria.
It measures 23 feet wide by 124 feet long, for one thing, a 1,500-square-foot HO-scaled diorama that captures the essence of post-war Manhattan in intricate, jaw-dropping detail, from its recreation of a crowded terminal station for the New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroads to the towering brick and stone skyscrapers that frame it.
It is based on a fictional 1940s city, complete with 5ft 4in skyscrapers and more than 9000 feet of train track.
Each miniature train takes more than half an hour to do a full circuit.
Rod is planning more work on it.
For more (with photos) about Rod’s home and trains read here:
- Toys in the Attic: Rod Stewartâ€™s Hidden Beverly Hills Railroad
- Rod Stewart’s Train Set Dream Comes True