Railroad workers of all sorts received nicknames, some nice, some not. Those who were beloved were Dad, Uncle, Grandpa--like “Uncle” John W. Sutphin, a section foreman for Southern Railway at Manassas, Virginia. He supervised track and roadbed maintenance that was performed by locally based section gangs who worked on defined sections of track under his direction, He was photographed on the eve of his retirement in 1950, having worked for the railroad since 1901. He died in 1959. An unidentified photographer for the railroad made the photograph for the company magazine.