Rod Stewart has been working on something magnificent for the last twenty-six years, and he’s finally ready to reveal it. Although fans have known that Stewart is a fan of model railroads, there have been times when the rocker didn’t quite want to talk about it. But now Sir Rod Stewart has finally decided to show the world the track he has been working on the for the last twenty-six years – and once you lay your eyes upon it, you’ll have to admit it is a beauty!
Stewart’s model railway is a whopping 124-feet long and 23-feet wide, making it massive for what it is. The model that Stewart has built represents an American city back in the 1940s. All of the pieces, including the trains themselves, are period pieces from back then. His model includes hundreds of buildings and dozens of feet of tracks that span the entire model city that he calls Grand Street and Three Rivers City.
The railway station inside Stewart’s imaginary world gets crossed by several bridges that are busy during rush hour. Of course, Stewart’s world is filled with trains and period cars and lories. And beyond the outskirts of the bustling American town, you’ll find lush greenery that seems to be straight out of the American dream.
During an interview with Railway Modeller magazine, Sir Rod Stewart admitted that his favorite part of the process was modeling the scenery and structures rather than the trains and tracks and the electrics that go with it.
“It’s the landscape I like,” he said. “Attention to detail, extreme detail, is paramount. There shouldn’t be any unsightly gaps or pavements that are too clean.”
Stewart grew up looking out at train tracks. His now-demolished childhood home in North London looked out upon train tracks, which afford the rock singer an opportunity to stare out at them all day every day.
However, Stewart became most inspired by American railways. He was living in America when he first got into the hobby back in 1993. He had built a home in Los Angeles and used the attic to build his model train experience.
During the magazine interview, Stewart made it clear that he didn’t think American railways were better than British ones – only “bigger.”
He said, “They’re bigger, the locos are bigger, but not any better.”
Stewart will be featured on the cover of the magazine’s December issue.
During his music tours, Stewart would book an extra hotel room so he could keep up with his passion for model trains. He’d bring the tools with him so he could keep working on his projects.
“We’d tell them in advance, and they were really accommodating, taking out the beds and providing fans to improve air circulation and ventilation.”
While his contemporaries abused drugs and alcohol, Stewart turned to model trains as his escape from the pressure of life as a rock star.
Despite the largeness of his creation, Stewart said, “none of it was really planned,” and he “just winged it.”
Now it’s beautiful and inspiring other people to pick up a relaxing hobby.
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