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By Jenny Brundin
Colorado Public Radio 

Remote school teaches people how to drive a steam train


CHAMA, N.M. (AP) — In the thick of swirling plumes of coal-fired smoke and greasy engine parts, 11 men, mostly middle-aged and clad in blue overalls and steel-toed boots, are getting ready for a day of class. Everyone's standing in the tiny rail village of Chama, New Mexico, gazing at clanging, heaving locomotives.

"It's a strange beast," says Tom Chenal, a sheep farmer who hails from New Jersey. For him, it almost seems alive, "like it's got a heartbeat or something."

Each of the men here are signed up for a rare and remote school near the Colorado-New Mexico border: the Cumbres & Toltec...

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