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    Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:45:38

    Rod Stewart Talks Love of Model Trains - Find out why it's a passion

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    While many rock stars go to their hotel rooms and deal with their demons, or groupies, rock legend Rod Stewart does something else: He builds model trains. A lot of them. The colorblind rocker uses his time constructively.

    The cover story of the February 2014 issue of Model Railroader magazine features legendary singer Rod Stewart and the third-floor train room of his Los Angeles home, where he has been constructing model train sets for 20 years—and he says he has three more to go!

    Filled with cars, roads, skyscrapers, bridges and stores, the city layout is 6 feet wide and 26 feet long, and set in the mid-1940s.

    His passion for trains goes all the way back to his childhood. Rod asked his father for a wooden train station for his 15th birthday, but was given a guitar instead. "That guitar worked out pretty well for me," he said.

    Stewart arranged for a separate room for modeling at hotels along the way. His days consist of a morning workout, an afternoon spent constructing his model railroad, and an evening concert. For many years, he has traveled with large, carefully organized tour cases filled with kits, tools, and paints. "For three or four hours a day, I'm in heaven, absolute heaven," he said.

    He also does not care what people think of his hobby, saying, "People are in such wonderment about it because it's such a juxtaposition between rock ‘n' roll and model railroads."

    Check out Model Railroader Magazine.

    What is your hobby?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    01.30.14



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