Neil Young, Rod Stewart and Pete Waterman are icons in the music industry selling millions of records between them over careers decades long.

While they will be best remembered for penning such classic tracks such as 'Rockin' In The Free World', 'Maggie May' and Kylie Minogue's 'I Should Be So Lucky', the musical trio also share another passion – model railways.

Waterman's passion for all things running on rails is well documented but both Stewart and Young also like to wile away the days by crafting some hugely impressive layouts. They can provide inspiration for your everyday modeller and highlight just how popular model railways are as a pastime.

This feature will delve into the model railways crafted by some of the most memorable names in music.

Pete Waterman

As a record producer and songwriter Peter Waterman made his name scoring a string of number one hits for some of the biggest artists around during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Alongside Mike Stock and Matt Aitken, Waterman wrote tracks such as Dead or Alive's 'You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)', Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up' and 'Especially for You', performed by Kylie and Jason Donovan.

Despite being a music mogul, Waterman has a special place in his heart for railways. A keen trainspotter since 1951 and a lifelong member of a modelling club and the owner of a number of railway firms in the past, Waterman completed a life's ambition of creating a layout reminiscent of Leamington Spa – where he would frequently watch trains as a youngster.

He chose to replicate the Midlands railway station due to the frequency in which trains passed through the real thing. As he tells the BBC for a modeller "the world is your oyster" when building Leamington Spa.

Neil Young

Neil Young is a true great of the music scene ever since he began performing way back in 1960. Penning such classics a 'Rockin' In The Free World', 'Heart of Gold' and 'Down By The River', he has one of the most recognised sounds in music.

However, this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also shares a love of model railways. Young once held a stake in Lionel, LLC which produced toy trains and model railroads for the US market. During his time with the company, Young was instrumental part of the design of Lionel products and his name is on a number of US patents for the trains.

Young also has a 750 ft model railway inside a barn at his ranch in the hills south of San Francisco. So much is his love for trains that when he released the Neil Young & Crazy Horse 'Greendale' album, based on a fictional seaside town, Lionel released a train set to commemorate the event.

Rod Stewart

Selling over 100 million records worldwide may make you one of biggest musicians to have ever lived but it does not take you away from the things that you love. This is the case for Rod Stewart who boasts a hugely impressive model railway.

Rod the Mod famous for hits such as 'Maggie May' and 'First Cut Is the Deepest' and the holder of six consecutive number one albums, holds a very special belonging in his Beverly Hills home. The third floor of this sprawling mansion is dedicated solely to a model railway depicting late 1940s Manhattan and Chicago.

Named the Grand Street and Three Rivers Railroad, the impressive layout features buildings, cars and shops along with Pennsylvania and New York Central lines.