Rich Johnson Garden Railroading & Lasers Lasers & Garden Railroading

 Update 10/2017:  Latheart has moved on, ​Woodturning is a thing of the past. ​​

Our Garden Railroading

The Lasers

I actually am involved with two types of lasers.  The first type is the "Laser Diode".  These are low power and the common use is with the laser "pointers". 

The second type of the laser I have is a Co2 type.  This type is a high power system and can be very dangerous.  It requires a chiller to keep water running through the laser tube to keep the heat down. 

This laser is a "Morn" Laser engraver.  It has a 34" by 24" work area. This machine is used to cut, or engrave plastics and other non hard materials like glass or metal.  Our train buildings are cut from acrylic using this machine.  I have engraved wood, slate, and leather.  I also cut wood and some leather.


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My wife and I enjoy Garden Model Railroading.     For me it started with a Lionel set on my fifth Christmas (1950). Later it (1960) was HO scale. Many years and layouts later, a friend came by (2006) for a visit and introduced us  to "G" scale!   ...  I sold the forty year collection of HO trains and used the money to go bigger!  We put together a great RR in San Jose and operated for many years.  We had many open houses with the Bay area Garden Railroaders society.  

But, in 2014 we had to move.  Our new location is Los Banos Ca.  We are now in the process of building our new RR empire, "The Moccasin Gap" RR.  

We have learned to make  scale buildings for the Garden Railroad using my laser and acrylic to work instead of wood. In this part of California they  seem to do better in the weather than wood.

 I build and my wife, QA's then paints and assembles them. 


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Rich Johnson Garden Railroading & Lasers