Rich Johnson Garden Railroading & Lasers Lasers & Garden Railroading

Welcome to  the "Moccasin Gap"  our new Garden Railroad 

and our Laser Art 

 Update 10/2017       
Latheart has moved on, ​Woodturning is a thing of the past, for me. 
I have sold "EVERYTHING" envolved with Woodturning.

Garden Railroading
My wife and I enjoy Model Railroading and Trains.    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 1:24 scale buildings for the Garden Railroad using my laser to work with  acrylic instead of wood, as they seem to do better in the weather than wood.

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

Click on the "Garden Railroading"  button above for more train stuff ...
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 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 wood and/or acrylic.  Our train buildings are cut from acrylic with this machine.  Currentally CorelDraw x8 is used to create the drawings and then they are sent to the machine to be cut.​

Click on the "Lasers" button above and check out my laser use and creativity.

Rich Johnson Garden Railroading & Lasers