Steam trains, railways and model train sets are some of the favourite pastimes for thousands of people all over the UK.

Railway stations up and down the country are usually buzzing full of eager trainspotters looking to see the latest engines enter regular use. Attractions such as the National Railway Museum along with a host of steam engine heritage lines are a big hit with people wanting to remember the golden age of steam.

However, it is not just ordinary members of the public that are fascinated by the railways. Some of the biggest names in entertainment also share the same passion. Here are a select few of famous railway enthusiasts.

Rod Stewart

Yes, one of the biggest selling artists of all time loves his model railways and even keeps a set at the top of his house. Stewart is highly regarded among members of model railway forums after creating a perfect 1:87 scale model of New York's Grand Central Station, circa 1940.

In an interview with The Radio Times, Stewart revelled in his success adding: "Every three years Model Railroader magazine puts me on their cover, which is better than Rolling Stone."

The Maggie May singer is so proud of his train set that he even banned the BBC from filming the set as it is a "private" collection.

Frank Sinatra

Even Ol' Blue Eyes himself had a passion for model railways and created a huge layout at his Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs, California. The imaginatively named The Train Building housed an impressive set.

Sinatra is believed to have been inspired to build a train collection after being impressed by a layout in Macy's flagship on New York City's 34th street just a few miles his home in Hoboken. He is reported to have played with his train set until late into the evening at his ranch.

Peter Waterman

There is not many people in the entertainment industry more enthusiastic about railways than Pete Waterman. The record producer has long been fascinated by the railways and even revived the name of the London and North Western Railway in 1988 which was eventually sold to Arriva in November 2008.

His love didn't stop there as he is also involved with model railway company Just Like The Real Thing. The firm specialises in O gauge models and creates all different parts that collectors and enthusiasts would need.

Waterman also owns a steam locomotive and carriage restoration company called LNWR Heritage, which is based at Crewe Heritage Centre.

Roger Daltrey

The Who frontman once sang about how he hoped he'd die before he got old but in an interview with the Telegraph in 2008 he opened up about his secret passion – model railways. Daltrey explained that he has a 45×25 ft set in his attic.

He told the news provider: "I have a great bunch of friends who come over – men of a certain age. We have a laugh."

It might not be headlining Glastonbury but Daltrey explains that the model railway is a great hobby to pursue.