Rod, 69, is an avid model railroader. Talk about riding’ that train.
The iconic singer finally reveals all about his hobby in the upcoming issue Model Railroader magazine. Stewart has been quietly working on a super train set on the third-floor of his Los Angeles home for 20 years, and he has no plans to quit yet.
“People are in such wonderment about it because it’s such a juxtaposition between rock ‘n’ roll and model railroads,” he tells the magazine.
And, no joke, it’s an obsession. On the road, Stewart demands a separate hotel room for his trains. He takes cases with him, filled with model train kits, tools, and paint.
His tour routine consists of a morning workout, an afternoon working on his trains, and an evening performance.
“For three or four hours a day I’m in heaven, absolute heaven,” he says.
In fact, Stewart says he asked his dad for a model train set for his 15th birthday. Wouldn’t you know it, his dad surprised him with a guitar instead. “That guitar worked out pretty well for me,” he says. But he never gave up his passion for trains.
Stewart’s train set is laid out on a platform six-feet wide and 26-feet long. The scene is a town in the 1940s complete with period buildings, cars and steam trains.
He says it will probably take him three more years to finish the last section.
“We’ve got a lot of ideas we’re kicking around, but the biggest problem is going to be getting from the city into the next scene,” he says.
“It’s a difficult one, because the city got bigger and bigger and now it can’t go any further, otherwise it will just be a city and no railroad. But we’ll come up with something.”
So is it called “Stewartville?”