Amended by
12890
Amended by
13363
Rescinded by
G.O. 236

The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. 12225

Wednesday, the 9th of
November, A.D. 1910

In the matter of the application of the Trainmen's Association of Canada, for a revision of order 5888, Dec. 16, 1908, making provision for the protection of railway employees.

It is ordered as follows:—

  1. Where as subsec. 3 of sec. 264 of the Railway Act provides that "there shall be such a number of cars in every train equipped with power or train brakes that the engineer of the locomotives drawing such train can control its speed, or bring the train to a stop in the quickest and best manner possible, without requiring brakemen to use the common hand brake for the purpose." Therefore, at least 85% of the number of cars in every train shall be equipped as above required.
  2. When more than one engine is attached to a train, the engineer of the leading engine shall operate the brakes.
  3. Every road locomotive engine shall be equipped with a step or steps and hand holds on both sides or and at or near the rear ends of tenders; footrests shall be provided on the pilot of every such engine, sufficiently wide for a man to stand on; every switching or yard engine shall be equipped with foot-boards and head-lights on the front and rear ends of the engine and tender such foot-board to be not less than 10 ins. wide; the back of such foot-boards shall be protected by a board not less than 4 ins., and it cut in the centre, the inner ends shall be protected in like manner.
  4. No light engine shall be run against the current of traffic a greater distance than 25 miles in any on direction without a conductor in addition to the engineer and fireman.
  5. No railway company shall permit any employee to engage in the operation of trains, or handle train orders, without first requiring such employee to pass an examination on train rules and undergo a satisfactory eye and ear test by a competent examiner.
    1. Locomotive engineers must be at least 21 years of age, undergo a satisfactory eye and ear test by a competent examiner, and pass an examination on train rules and regulations and the proper care and operation of locomotives and air brakes.
    2. Conductors must be at least 21 years of age, undergo a satisfactory eye and ear test, and pass an examination on train rules and regulations and the operation of air brakes.
    3. Telegraph or telephone operators engaging in the operation of trains or handling train orders must be at least 18 years of age; write a legible hand, and pass an examination on train rules and regulations. Telegraph operators must be able to send and receive messages at the rate of not less than 20 words a minute.
    4. Train dispatchers must be at least 21 years of age, be familiar with the line over which they have charge, and pass an examination on train rules and regulations.
    5. Railway companies shall, within 90 days from the date of this order, file with the Board a copy of each examination paper for the examinations herein required to be passed by the employees of such railway company.
  6. All railway companies shall strictly conform to the rules and regulations from time to time approved by the Master Car Builders' Association, governing the loading of lumber, logs and stone upon open cars, and the loading and carrying of structural material, plates, rails and girders; and no material of any kind shall be carried upon the roofs of cars.
    1. All open drawings crossing tracks in railway yards shall be safely covered for at least five feet from the gauge side of each rail, except in times of flood, when temporary open drawings may be provided, if necessary.
    2. No semaphores, signals, poles, high or intermediate switchstands, or piles of material, erected or placed in future, shall be nearer than 6 ft. from the gauge side of the nearest rail.
    3. No structure over 4 ft. high shall hereafter be placed within 6 ft. from the gauge side of the nearest rail without first obtaining the approval of the Board.
    4. Where semaphores, signals, poles, high or intermediate switchstands, or piles of material are nearer than 6 ft. from the gauge side of the nearest rail, the same shall be dealt with as follows:—
      1. Sempahores, signals, poles, or high or intermediate switchstands shall, within two years from this date, be either removed or changes made so that the same shall not be nearer than the said 6 ft.; or high and intermediate switchstands shall be changed to low or dwarf signals or switchstands.
      2. Piles of material shall, within six months, be removed to a greater distance than the said 6 ft.
    5. Water stand-pipes shall not be nearer than 2 1/2 ft. from the widest engine cab, and the spout of the stand-pipe shall, when not in use, be fastened parallel with main track, and enginemen are required to see that this is done after using any such pipe.
  7. Order 5888 is repealed.
  8. Every person or company offending against any of the foregoing provisions shall forfeit and pay $50 for every such offence.

[The Railway and Marine World, No. 154 (Dec. 1910), pg. 1045, col. 3]