Remote School near Colorado-New Mexico Border Teaches People How to Drive a Steam Train

Remote School near Colorado-New Mexico Border Teaches People How to Drive a Steam Train

By Jenny Brundin, Colorado Public Radio CHAMA, N.M. — 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,…

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