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28.06.2014
Rod's impressive layout graces the cover of this month's Model Railroader, an honour he says means more than "the cover of Rolling Stone". Some of this is undoubtedly down to the traditional children's market.Hornby has cleaned up with its Harry Potter and Thomas the Tank Engine ranges. It is a relief to find out that I am not alone.For it was Rod Stewart, no less, he of the skin-tight leopardskin trousers and a string of slinky blondes to his credit, who emerged as the unlikely champion of this most unlikely hobby. Children seem to be turning away from "virtual" toys, played with on a computer screen, and back towards something more substantial. So another magazine is taken, something wholesome and respectable - anything will do - into the pages of which the offending publication can be slid.Then, at the till, the final hurdle, the hope that the cashier will not, as in that Woody Allen film, bark out the name of the publication across the shop floor. In between the crooning, the blondes and heaven knows what else, it seems that Rod has been creating a wholly magnificent replica of New York's Grand Central Station, complete with 100ft of track, buildings and figures in 1940s period dress in one of his no-doubt numerous attics. In 2002, Hornby, one of Britain's oldest model railway firms, was declared Company of the Year by the Financial Times and Stock Exchange - making millions of pounds per annum from its models now made in a stateofthe art factory in southern China.
But the bulk of Hornby's profits come from a series of beautifully made, delicate models that can cost hundreds of pounds a pop and which are certainly not aimed at children.


Does anyone have a price for Railway Modeller?"For then, the shame would be complete, the humiliation absolute. I know of what I speak because I - and I confess this publicly for the first time (friends and family are already in on the secret) - am not unacquainted with the so-called hobby of model railways. You get into girls and music, jobs and so on, but you always come back to trains in the end." The demographics have changed, too. In the old days, making model railway layouts was associated with the skilled working classes, the preserve perhaps of retired fitters and boilermen and people who worked on the real railways, the sort of folk who used to be the bedrock of Britain but who now belong to a vanished age. According to Tim Rayner, exhibitors book fancy stands at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, whereas in decades past this pastime was showcased in church halls and schools. So, what is the appeal?It is hard to say.For me, it is the sheer number of skills you need to master to create a working layout. You have to be a semi-competent carpenter, electrician, metalworker, painter, sculptor and designer to make anything which functions mechanically and looks good. There is something about trains that is endlessly fascinating.To me, the idea of standing on a cold station platform and counting train numbers as they zoom past is beyond madness.


But then again, some would say the same about my habit of disappearing into the loft to build tunnels and stations and watch miniaturised Staniers and Gresleys, Bulleid Pacifics and even modern diesels whirling past at top speed. The idea that one can create a world, however imperfect, in miniature is hugely appealing.And the point of model railways is, of course, that one is never finished. Indeed, I dread the day when it is, because then, I suspect, I shall start to lose interest.
Certainly the most impressive model railway layout I have seen is the gigantic construction in the Industrial Museum of Chicago.
The size of maybe a couple of tennis courts, this magnificent creation is America in miniature, complete with a 3D facsimile of the Rocky Mountains, the Great Lakes and Chicago itself, skyscrapers and all. And this was built not by a few beardy, middle-aged geeks, but by dozens of volunteers, including many teenage boys and girls who belong to local model railway clubs.



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