The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. 49019

Thursday, the 8th of
September, A.D. 1932

In the matter of the application of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, hereinafter called the Applicant Company, for authority to dispense with the use of switch lamps on main line switches in automatic signal territory where a searchlight type of automatic signal is located within two hundred feet of main track switches, single track.


C. P. Fullerton
Chief Commissioner

F. A. Labelle
Deputy Chief Commissioner

T. C. Norris

G. A. Stone

Upon considering the matter at conferences held in Ottawa, November 26, 1930. and March 16. 1932. the Applicant Company, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers. the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, and the Order of Railway Conductors being represented; and upon consideration of the submissions made, and the recommendation of the Chief Operating Officer of the Board—

It is ordered

  1. That the Applicant Company be. and it is hereby, authorized to dispense with the use of switch lamps on its main track switches, on single track lines, equipped with the searchlight type of automatic signals, within two hundred feet of the said main track switches.
  2. That Special Instruction 'E' in the Applicant Company's timetable be amended by adding the words. In automatic signal territory (single track) on which lamps are not used on main track switches, as per Revised Rule No. 104, the automatic signal within two hundred feet of the outer main track switch will mark the 'station limits.'
  3. That paragraph 1 of Rule No. 104 of the General Train and Interlocking Rules, approved by the General Order of the Board No. 42, dated 12 July, 1909, be amended by adding the words, Except that lights will not be maintained on main track switches in single track automatic signal territory equipped with the searchlight type of signal, when the switch is located not more than two hundred feet in advance of the signal protecting the block in which the switch is located.
  4. That paragraph 7 of the said Rule No. 104 be struck out and the following substituted therefor: 7. When a train is standing on a passing track to meet or to be passed by a train, the engineer and the fireman, except in single track automatic block signal territory equipped with searchlight type of signal, must see that switches at the front of their train are in proper position.
  5. That Rules Nos. 403 and 634 of the said General Train and Interlocking Rules be amended by adding at the end thereof the words, Except as provided in revised Rule No. 104.
  6. That the changes herein provided for be made effective November 1, 1932.

C. P. Fullerton
Chief Commissioner,
The Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada.