The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. G.O. 176

Tuesday, the 26th of
December, A.D. 1916

In the matter of the car shortage in the West for coal transportation; and the complaint of the Cardiff and Drumheller Collieries complaining of the refusal of the Canadian Northern and the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Companies to supply cars for the loading of coal destined to points on the lines of railway of other companies.


H. L. Drayton
Chief Commissioner

D'Arcy Scott
Assistant Chief Commissioner

S. J. McLean

Upon investigating the complaints and the coal situation generally in the West, end the reports of the Chief Operating Officer of the Board; and in pursuance of the powers vested in the Board under Sections 30, 45, 59, and 284 of the Railway Act, and of all other powers possessed by it in that behalf,—

It is ordered:

That all railway companies subject to the jurisdiction of the Board be, and they are hereby, required and directed:—

  1. According to their respective powers and to the full extent that cars are available for the purpose, to supply cnrs for the movement of coal, as and when required, not only to points on the originating line of railway, but also to points on the other lines of railway.
  2. For all movements requiring transportation over more than one line, the company that enjoys, the longer portion of the haul shall supply the cars, and m case such company is unable to supply the cars then the other company, although only obtaining turnings for the movement over the shorter portion of the haul involved, shall supply the cars; but in such case shall be entitled to be paid by the company enjoying the longer haul a per diem charge of $1.25 for each and every car so supplied, instead of the usual per diem charge, and any increases thereof that may be made less than the aid sum of $1.25 ; the said charge to run from the time such cars leave until they are returned to the line of the owning company.

And it is further ordered:

That railway companies without sufficient equipment forthwith make the necessary changes in flat or livestock cars, in order to provide for the present emergency and to enable them the better to carry out the provisions of this Order.

This Order to be effective from October 1 to March 31, in each and every year.

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