Sir Rod Stewart has revealed it’s taken him ten months to move and set up his beloved model train set at his English home – and it’s still not running in full.
Stewart had to charter two shipping container ships and specialist freight planes to bring his model train set across the pond last March.
However, after hold-ups in the Panama canal, he is still reassembling over 2,00
square feet of the unique model display.
Stewart told BBC radio show Loose Ends: “It all got flown over here. It’s taken eight months, two containers on a ship that went through the Panama Canal and now we’re rebuilding it here in Britain.
“It really is a masterpiece even though I say it myself.”
Rod first revealed details of his incredible train set in 2019 in a cover interview with Railway Modeller magazine.
It took more than 20 years to complete and is a detailed 124ft long x 23ft wide model depicting an American city and its industrial hinterland in the 1940s contains hundreds of buildings, from trackside switchman shanties to vast factories and skyscrapers.
Sir Rod told Railway Modeller magazine that scenery and structure modelling, rather than locomotives, trackwork or electrics, are his forte.
“It’s the landscape I like. Attention to detail, extreme detail, is paramount. There shouldn’t be any unsightly gaps or pavements that are too clean,” he said.
Train enthusiast Rod previously made headlines when he paid thousands to help rebuild an amateur group’s set-up after it was destroyed by vandals.
The singer gave £10,000 to Market Deeping Model Railway Club for rebuilding costs in May 2019.
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The £30,000 display, built over 23 years, was destroyed by four teenagers on a pre-exam night out.
Stewart, now an honorary member of the club, said in a statement at the time: “It took me 23 years to build my model railway so I feel their pain.
“The collection was priceless and I am donating £10,000 to help compensate those affected and asking fellow enthusiasts Jools Holland, Roger Daltrey and others to do the same.”
The Sailing singer, 76, has spent an estimated £70,000 to take apart his beloved kit in his Malibu home to relocate to his Essex mansion.
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