Rescinded by
G.O. 501

The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. G.O. 451

Wednesday, the 21st of
September, A.D. 1927

In the matter of the consideration of the question of lowering crossing signs so that they may be more readily ilhiminated by the lights of approaching motor cars and, therefore, more readily visible.


S. J. McLean
Asst. Chief Commissioner

Thomas Vien
Deputy Chief Commissioner

A. C. Boyce

C. Lawrence

Upon reading what is filed on behalf of the Railway Association of Canada, the Pere Marquette, Canadian Pacific, and Canadian National Railway Companies, the Department of Public Works of the provinces of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia, the Department of Highways of the provinces of Nova Scotia, Québec, Ontario, and Saskatchewan, the Michigan Central Railroad Company, Great Northern Railway Company, and Industrial Accident Prevention Associations, Incorporated; and upon the report and recommendation of its Chief Engineer,—

The Board orders: That The Standard Regulations of the Board Affecting Highway Crossing Signs, as amended May 4, 1910, be, and they are hereby, further amended by adding the following section, namely:—

10. (a) 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.

(b) 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 September 1, 1927. Under other conditions, the same may be varied as necessary to give the best possible aspect from approaching vehicles both night and day.

(c) 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 illuminated 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 new standard be substituted for the existing work as and when replacements of crossing signs are necessary.

H. A. McKeown
Chief Commissioner,
The Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada.