Rod Stewart checks out the model train in Peabody

Rod Stewart drapes an arm around George Sellios as he checks out the Franklin and South Manchester Railroad in Peabody. (Photo: Ben Streeter)
Rod Stewart drapes an arm around George Sellios as he checks out the Franklin and South Manchester Railroad in Peabody. (Photo: Ben Streeter)

Among model train enthusiasts, George Sellios’s Franklin and South Manchester Railroad is renowned for its intricacy. Hobbyists from far and wide come to Main Street in Peabody to see Sellios’s miniature railroad, which measures 42 feet long and 25 feet wide. The other day, none other than Rod Stewart stopped by (he was in Boston to perform at TD Garden). The singer, who has an enormous model train at his house in LA, told Sellios he’s wanted to see his setup for a long time and this was his first chance. “He was super. He came running in here and gave me the biggest hug,” Sellios told us. “I got so excited I kissed him. I hope he didn’t any wrong ideas.” He said Stewart spent an hour admiring the model train, and seemed genuinely impressed. He “said he’s going to rip his up after seeing this one,” Sellios said. Has he played host to any other VIPs? “Frank Sinatra was supposed to come, but he died, so that didn’t work out.”

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