Rod Stewart Is A Backstage Builder

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January 20, 2011 | 6:00pm EST

Rod Stewart is such a huge model train enthusiast he insists on a backstage area where he can set up tracks before concerts.
The Maggie May singer admits he likes to build model buildings and try out new train acquisitions on the road – because it helps to calm his nerves.

But he’s careful not to get too engrossed in his passion.

The avid collector tells Model Railroader magazine, “When I find myself focusing so intently on a model that it ceases to be fun, it’s time to walk away, have a cup of tea and come back to it later.”

Stewart even offers the publication tips on how to become a great model builder: “An eye for proportion, a sense of what fits naturally, right down to the placement of the advertising signs.”