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Top 10 celebrity model railroaders

10. Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri
Tony Soprano's late brother-in-law seemingly spent more time running a Lionel layout in his garage than on family business. Bacala was "whacked" in a model train shop while negotiating the price of an antique train set.

9. The Rev. Timothy Lovejoy
When not preaching to Homer, Marge, and the choir in his Springfield church, this regular on "The Simpsons" TV show spends time daydreaming in the basement of the parish house while operating his model railroad.

8. Joe DiMaggio
There was more to the famed N.Y. Yankee's slugger than baseball and later in life Mr. Coffee machines. Joltin' Joe was a pitchman for Lionel trains during the early days of television.

7. Frank Sinatra
On the grounds of his Palm Springs, Calif., estate, Sinatra constructed a separate building modeled after a railroad depot to hold his Lionel train layout and collection. After Sinatra's death the estate -- including the trains -- was purchased and has been maintained by a Canadian businessman.

6. Michael Gross
Best known for his fatherly role on the 1980s' sitcom "Family Ties" (which introduced Michael J. Fox to the world), Gross actually owns a small section of a real railroad in New Mexico, and he has been the spokesman for the "World's Greatest Hobby" (greatesthobby.com) model railroading publicity campaign.

5. Mandy Patinkin
The actor/singer has a large train layout in the loft of a barn at his rural New York state home. His character Dr. Geiger on the 1990s TV show "Chicago Hope" even ran a train on the floor of his office during one episode of the medical drama.

4. Buster Keaton
Starring in the silent film comedy "The General" along with a real steam locomotive bearing that five-star name, Keaton later in life was so enamored by model railroading that he had American Flyer trains running through his backyard to carry snacks and beverages to pool-side guests.

3. Tom Snyder
The career newsman, best known as the host of NBC's "Tomorrow Show," had an elaborate 1930s-style Lionel layout that weaved through two rooms in his California home. He regularly spoke about model trains on his late-night talk show.

2. Neil Young
The famed rocker has been a minority owner of Lionel L.L.C. for years and also has been instrumental in the creation of the company's first- and now second-generation digital train-control system.

1. Rod Stewart
Stewart's impressive HO scale layout, shown on the cover of the December 2007 issue of Model Railroader magazine, features a towering city built piece-by-piece while he is on the road touring. Stewart said that being on the cover of a model railroad magazine meant more to him than being on the cover of a music magazine. You can only see his layout by purchasing the December 2007 issue of Model Railroader magazine.

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