The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. G.O. 283

Tuesday, the 24th of
February, A.D. 1920
Re track scale allowances and tolerance:

Upon hearing the matter at Ottawa, Mar. 18, 19183; Vancouver, May 19, 1913; Calgary, May 26, 1913; Edmonton, May 27, 1913; Regina, May 29, 1913; Winnipeg, May 30, 1913; and Fort William, June 4, 1913; the Canadian Pacific, Grand Trunk, Grand Trunk Pacific, Canadian Northern, Canadian Northern Québec, and Ottawa & New York Railways, Canadian Freight Association, Canadian Manufacturers' Association, Canadian Lumbermen's Association, the Montréal, Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Regina boards of trade, British Columbia Lumber & Shingle Manufacturers, and Massey-Harris Company, being represented at the hearings, and what was alleged; and

upon reading the further written submissions filed,

it is ordered, with respect to freight traffic referred to herein, carried between points in Canada, that railway companies publish and file tariffs to provide for the following allowances per car from the ascertained gross weights of loaded cars; subject to the condition that the said allowances shall not operate to reduce the net weights of the ladings of he cars below minimum carload weights provided for in the tariffs applicable thereto:

  1. For temporary or permanent racks, on flat or gondola cars, loaded with bark, provided the eight of the tracks is not included in the stencilled tare of the car is .. .1,000 lb.
  2. For temporary protectives as follows:
    1. Blockage, dunnage or temporary racks, in connection with carload shipments of agricultural implements, machinery, stoves, acid in carboys, and vehicles of all descriptions .. .Actual weight, but not more than 650 lb.; the shipper to certify to the weight of the said protectives on the shipping order and bill of lading.
    2. Temporary racks, stakes, standards, strips, braces, or supports, in connection with carload shipments of commodities, other than those specified above, requiring such provision for safe transportation when loaded on flat or gondola cars .. .Actual weight when ascertainable, but not more than 500 lb.; the shipper to certify to his ascertained weight of the said protectives on the shipping order and bill of lading.
  3. For lumber used by shippers in lining box (not refrigerator) or stock cars for shipments of perishable freight .. .Actual weight, but not more than 800 ft. at 2 1/2 lb. a foot; the shipper to certify to the measurement of the lumber so used on the shipping order and bill of lading. Also, a further allowance of the actual weight, but not exceeding 500 lb. of the stove and fuel, if furnished by the shipper.
  4. For freight matter not part of the lading, such as snow, ice, manure, or refuse, in or on cars at the time of weighing .. .An estimated allowances adequate to the actual conditions in each case.

And it is also ordered, that irrespective of the aforesaid allowances, the tariffs of the said railway companies in weights disclosed in check-weighing or reweighing passed without alteration of the billed weight:

  1. On ashes, brich, cinders, clay, drain tile (soft), dolomite, ganister, gravel, mill-scale, ore, sand, slag, stone (all kinds except "cut") and other similar bulk freight, loaded on flat or open top cars .. .1% of the weight of the lading, but not less than 1,0000 lb. a car.
  2. On all other freight (including coal and coke) the weight of which is not subject to change from its inherent nature .. .1% of the weight of the lading, but not less than 500 lb. a car.