Amended by
G.O. 172

The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. G.O. 171

Tuesday, the 1st of
August, A.D. 1916

In the matter of the question of hand rails and small foot rests on the outside of cabs of locomotives; and a railing on the tender to prevent men from slipping off when they are passing over the tender or when the locomotive is taking coal or water.


H. L. Drayton
Chief Commissioner

D'Arcy Scott
Assistant Chief Commissioner

S. J. McLean

A. S. Goodeve

Upon hearing the matter at the sittings of the Board held in Ottawa, May 4, 1915, in the presence of representatives of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Brotherhood of Firemen and Enginemen, the Grand Trunk, Canadian Pacific, and Canadian Northern Railway Companies, and the New York Central and Rutland and the Michigan Central Railroad Companies, and what was alleged, and reading the replies of the railway companies interested to supplement No. 1 to circular of the Board, No. 142, dated July 6, 1915, and the report and recommendation of the chief operating officer of the Board:—

It is ordered:

  1. That the railway companies subject to the jurisdiction of the Board be, and they are hereby, directed to equip all locomotives of 100,000 pounds or over with handrails on sides of cabs above the windows, near the top of the cab, and running the entire length of the same ; the rails to have a clearance of two inches between the inner side of the rail and the outside wall of the cab, and to be securely fastened at each end, with a support in the centre; and that, where the running boards do not project beyond the side of the cab, an additional piece be added, to project not less than one inch from the side of the cab and running the full length of same.
  2. That the tender of all such locomotives be equipped with a railing on both sides, on the top of the copping; such railing, if made of round bar iron, or of iron pipe to be not less than one inch in diameter, supported by three columns, one at each end and one in the centre, standing eight inches from the top of the copping; the said rails to run the full length of the fuel storage well, or clear of the back coal wall on the tender; that on the space back of the coal wall where the water manhole is located, the copping or railing project eight inches above the top of the tank and run around both sides and back of the tank not less than eight inches high, supported by columns to make it secure.
  3. That plans showing the proposed foot rests and the railing on tenders be filed for the approval of the Board.
  4. That the said railway companies be, and they are hereby permitted to operate locomotives used in international traffic and merely passing through Canadian territory, equipped in accordance with the regulations of the Interstate Commerce Commission.
  5. That this permission shall not extend to locomotives operated from or entirely within Canadian territory.

D'Arcy Scott
Assistant Chief Commissioner,
The Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada.