Amended by
G.O. 763

The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. G.O. 501

Tuesday, the 19th of
July, A.D. 1932

In the matter of the Standard Regulations of the Board Affecting Highway Crossings, as amended May 4, 1910; and the General Orders of the Board numbered 40, 451 and 467, dated respectively May 4, 1909, September 21, 1927, and March 12, 1929, made herein:


C. P. Fullerton
Chief Commissioner

S. J. McLean
Asst. Chief Commissioner

G. A. Stone

Upon the report and recommendation of the Chief Engineer and the Chief Operating Officer of the Board,—

It is ordered:That the regulations regarding the future construction of highway crossings are and shall be as follows, namely:—

  1. With each application the applicant shall send to the Secretary of the Board three sets of plans and profiles of the crossing or crossings in question—
  2. Scale—
    Plan 400 feet to an inch
    Profile of railway—
    horizontal 400 feet to an inch
    vertical 20 feet to an inch
    Profile of highlway—
    horizontal 100 feet to an inch
    vertical 20 feet to an inch

    First set for approval by and filing with the Board. Second and third sets to be furnished to the respective parties concerned, with a certified copy of the order approving of the same.

  3. The plan and profile shall show at least one-half mile of the railway each way and 300 feet of the highway on each side of the crossing.
  4. The plan shall show all obstructions to the view from any point on the highway within 100 feet of the crossing to any points on the railway within one-half mile of the said crossing.
  5. The applicant shall give the municipality in which the proposed crossing lies, or the railway company whose line is proposed to be crossed, notice of the application and copies of the plan, and furnish the Board with proof of service; where it is proposed to cross a railway, service must be made on the solicitor of the railway company at the head office.
  6. The road surface of level or elevated approaches, and of cuts made for approaches, to rural railway crossings over highways shall be 20 feet wide.
    1. A strong substantial fence, or railing, four feet six inches high with a post cap four inches by four inches, or a top board one and one-half inches by six inches, a middle board the same dimensions as the top board, and a ten inch board nailed firmly to the posts at the surface of the ground to prevent snow from blowing off the approaches, shall be constructed on each side of every approach to a rural railway crossing over a highway, where the height is five feet or more above the level of the adjacent ground—leaving always a clear road surface 20 feet in width. At the request of the party having jurisdiction over the highway, the bottom board may be dispensed with.
    2. Where conditions require, the standard guard fence of the Province in which the crossing is located may be used in lieu of the guard fence provided for in Paragraph (a)
  7. Unless otherwise authorized by the Board, planking, steel rails, paving of concrete or asphalt, broken stone topped with crushed rock screenings, or a good coarse gravel, shall be used on rural crossings over highways, between the rails and for. a width of at least eight inches on the outer sides thereof; and, whether on a right-angled or a skew crossing, the planking, etc., shall be sufficiently long to provide a width of travelled way of at least 16 feet at the actual crossing of the rails.
  8. In cities, towns, and villages, the width of all kinds of approaches to a railway crossing over a highway (street or avenue), and of the planking, etc., between the rails and on the outer sides thereof, must be regulated by the position of the street and the traffic, or the anticipated traffic, thereon, but shall not be less than 20 feet wide.
  9. Cuts and fillings on highway crossings.—Whenever a cut on the line of railway exceeds feet, or ai filling thereon exceeds 7 feet, at a highway or street crossing, the railway company, before proceeding with the work of construction, shall refer the matter to the Board with a full statement of the facts and circumstances, that the Board may decide as to the advisability of ordering a separation of grades at the. said crossing.
  10. In special cases it may, upon application, be ordered that any existing highway crossing be constructed so as to conform to the foregoing standards and requirements.
  11. Where a new line is being constructed, the highway crossings may be shown on the location plan. Where it is proposed to construct highways across a line already built, separate applications must be made for each crossing.
  12. Signs shall be painted white with black letters; shall generally be placed not more than 15 feet from the track, with the edge of the sign as close to the travelled portion of the highway as possible ; and shall be at right angles to the highway, facing approaching vehicles.
  13. On straight level approaches, highway crossing signs shall be not less than five feet, nor more than six feet six inches, above the travelled portion of the highway, the said distance to be measured to the low part of the sign, as shown on the diagram dated 1st September, 1927. Under other conditions, the same may be varied as necessary to give the best possible aspect from approaching vehicles both night and day.
  14. Where there are grades and curves on the approaches, the line of sight and illumination shall be the first consideration, and highway crossing signs shall be so placed as to be readily illumined and visible from both sides of the track when users of the highway are a reasonable distance away.

And it is further ordered that the standard of paragraphs 12, 13 and 14 herein be substituted for existing work as and when replacements of crossing signs are necessary.

And it is further ordered that the said General Orders Nos. 40, 451 and 467 be, and they are hereby rescinded.

C. P. Fullerton
Chief Commissioner,
The Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada.