The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. G.O. 247

Tuesday, the 6th of
August, A.D. 1918

In the matter of the adoption of a standard signal at railway grade crossings protected by watchmen.


H. L. Drayton
Chief Commissioner

D'Arcy Scott
Assistant Chief Commissioner

W. B. Nantel
Deputy Chief Commissioner

S. J. McLean

A. S. Goodeve

A. C. Boyce

By Circular No. 156, dated January 15, 1918, addressed to railway companies subject to the jurisdiction of the Board, the said companies were directed to consider the adoption of a metal disc to be used as a standard at said crossings and to file their comments with the Board within thirty days from the date of the circular.

Upon reading the replies filed by the railway companies affected, and upon the report and recommendation of the Chief Operating Officer of the Board,—

It is ordered:

  1. That the railway companies within the legislative authority of the Parliament of Canada be, and they are hereby, required and directed to adopt and put into use at all grade crossings protected by watchmen during the daytime a metal disc, 16 inches in diameter, with a short handle having a white background with the word STOP in large, black letters and a black border.
  2. That rule 33 of the General Train and Interlocking Rules which provides that watchmen stationed at public crossings must use a green signal to prevent persons and vehicles from crossing the track when trains are approaching be amended to conform with the standard hereby directed to be adopted.

H. L. Drayton
Chief Commissioner,
The Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada.