IT’S not the most rock‘n’roll of pursuits but Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan looks in his element as he visits a miniature steam railway.
He turned up at the Stapleford Miniature Railway in Leicestershire on Sunday after the band headlined the Download festival at Donington Park the night before.
But heavily tattooed McKagan, 54, got so caught up chatting to firefighters there that he missed the chance to ride on the train.
The miniature railway’s Nigel Spencer said: ‘Duff came wandering across with his security and had a chat with the fire crew. He bought a ticket but never got a chance to go on the train.
‘It’s a shame. He’s obviously quite keen on fire engines, too. It was funny because Duff was stood there next to the station, and everybody who knew who he was was like “Oh my god”.’
The band, including frontman Axl Rose and guitarist Slash, had spent the night at the neighbouring luxury hotel Stapleford Park. After his visit, Duff and his bandmates, whose songs include Sweet Child O’Mine, Paradise City and Welcome To The Jungle, opted for a more rock star form of transport, hopping on board a helicopter as they headed off to Germany for the next leg of their European tour.
Famous faces are a regular sight at the hotel, where footballer Peter Crouch married Abbey Clancy in 2011. Former Manchester United star Michael Carrick wed Lisa Roughead there in 2007.
And the railway has also had its share of celebrity visitors. Madness singer Suggs and record producer Pete Waterman, a model railway enthusiast, have dropped in. Scenes for the Avengers television series were filmed there in the 1960s.
McKagan was visiting the railway on the first of two summer open weekends. The next one is over the August bank holiday, when members of the public will have the chance to ride the miniature steam railway, covering a distance of more than two miles… on its rocking rolling stock.