Lead vocalist of the band Axl Rose waved to fans as he left the grounds of the estate by private helicopter following a stay at Stapleford Park Hotel after playing at Download Festival.
And, what’s more, bass guitarist Duff McKagan even bought a ticket to ride, but spent a long time talking to Melton Fire Station crew who were showing their appliance at the event.
Nigel Spencer, Stapleford Miniature Railway media press officer, said: “Aside from it being a brilliant weekend, it was topped off by this great surprise.
“I’m not sure of the official attendance numbers yet, but I know the figures are up on last year.
“Visitors came from all over the East Midlands. I know we even had people returning to the event for the first time since the 60s.
“This is the first of two 2018 public open weekends which supports LOROS Hospice, and we always look to build it up ahead of our main event in August.”
The Models and Miniatures Weekend featured four locos in steam running over nearly two miles of scenic line.
Other attractions included vintage vehicles, tractors, model steam craft, trade stalls, catering, and a licensed bar with East Midlands beers.
The next open weekend will take place from August 25 to 27. It gives the public the rare chance to ride on the 10 1/4 inch gauge miniature railway.