Red Bud is in bloom at McClure, VA in April 1980. My friends David DeVault (in the hat) and Pete Morrisett (hands on hips) check out the "McClure Shay." The guy in the wife-beater under-shirt is a local fellow, doing "restoration" on the engine. The Shay had a long and interesting history, going back to work on the narrow gauge Linville River Railroad of W.M.Ritter Lumber Company, in North Carolina. The non-common carrier Ritter line would eventually be merged into the Cranberry Iron/ET&WNC family, although the Shay didn't go along with the deal. Instead, it ended up at McClure, VA (along the Clinchfield Railroad) switching cars for a lumber company there. It was also converted to diesel, with its side cylinders replaced by a chain drive. The diesel was located inside the firebox. After retirement, it sat on the hill near the "Old Shay Inn" Restaurant. Not long after this shot, however, it painted and relettered for McClure Lumber Company (its last owner when in service). My friend John Craft advises it was purchased several years ago by a private individual and is now stored at Goshen, VA.