Amended by
G.O. 216
Amended by
G.O. 248
See
G.O. 280
Amended by
G.O. 334

The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. G.O. 188

Monday, the 23rd of
April, A.D. 1917

In the matter of the complaint of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers alleging that the Canadian Pacific and the Canadian Northern Railway Companies have willfully violated the flagging rules in force, on their respective systems in the operation of trains in Western Canada; and applying for the adoption of certain regulations by the Board, having in view the protection of employees of the railway companies subject to the jurisdiction of the Board.

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H. L. Drayton
Chief Commissioner

D'Arcy Scott
Assistant Chief Commissioner

W. B. Nantel
Deputy Chief Commissioner

S. J. McLean
Commissioner

A. S. Goodeve
Commissioner

Upon reading the communications and submissions filed on behalf of certain of the railway companies interested and the complainants, and the report and recommendation of the Chief Engineer and the Chief Operating Officer of the Board after a conference between the Board's officers and representatives of the Grand Trunk, Grand Trunk Pacific, Canadian Pacific, Canadian Northern, and Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway Companies, the Michigan Central Railroad Company, the complainants, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, the Order of Railroad Conductors, the Order of Railway Telegraphers, and the International Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees held in the city of Toronto on the 4th day of August, 1915, upon notice to the parties in interest; and in pursuance of the powers conferred upon it under sections 26, 30, 268, and 269 of the Railway Act, and of all other powers possessed by the Board under the said Act,—

It is ordered: That the following regulations for the Uniform Maintenance of Way Flagging Rules for Impassable Track, to become effective June 1, 1917, be, and they are hereby, prescribed for the observance of every railway company within the legislative authority of the Parliament of Canada.

Rules.

  1. Before undertaking any work which will render the track impassable, or if rendered impassable from any cause or defect, trackmen, bridgemen, or other employees of the company shall protect the same as follows:&mash;

    1. On double track;
    2. on three or more tracks;
    3. in mountain territory; and
    4. on all lines with frequent or fast train service,—

      Send out a flagman in each direction with stop signals, at least—

      1,500 feet in daytime, if there is no down grade towards the obstruction within one mile, and there is a clear view of 6,000 feet from an approaching train.

      3,600 feet at other times and places, if there is no down grade towards the obstruction within one mile.

      5,400 feet if there is a down grade towards the obstruction within one mile.

    The flagman must, after going the required distance from the obstruction to ensure full protection, take up a position where there will be an unobstructed view of him from an approaching train of, if possible, 1,500 feet, first placing two torpedoes on the rail (not more than 200 or less than 100 feet apart), on the same side as the engineer of an approaching train, 300 feet beyond such position. The flagman must display a red flag by day and a red light by night, and remain in such position until recalled or relieved.

  2. On other lines,—
    1. By day place a red flag and, in addition, by night a red light, on the same side of the track as the engineer of an approaching train at a point 600 feet from the defective or working point, with two torpedoes placed on the rail opposite each other so as to cause but one explosion, 150 feet in advance of the red signal, and provide further protection as follows:—
    2. By day place a red flag supported on two staffs with flag drawn out between them, at right angles to tne track and five feet above rail level; and, in addition, by night, a red light on the same side of the track as the engineer of an approaching train, so that it will be clearly in his view, at least—

      3,600 feet from the defective or working point, if there is no down grade towards the obstruction.

      5,400 feet if there is a down grade within one mile of the obstruction, or as much farther as may be necessary to insure full protection.

    3. Place two torpedoes (not more than 200 or less than 100 feet apart) on the rail on the same side of the engineer of an approaching train, 300 feet in advance of the red signal.
  3. Trains stopped by flagman, as per rule 2, shall be governed by his instructions and proceed to the working point, and there be governed by signal or instructions of the foreman in charge.
  4. Trains stopped by red signal, as per rule 3, shall replace the torpedoes exploded and proceed to the working point signal, and there be governed by signal or instructions of the foreman in charge, unless in the meantime stop signal has been removed.
  5. In the event of train order protection being provided, the defective or working point may be marked by signals placed in both directions, as follows:—

    Yellow flags by day and, in addition, yellow lights by night, 3,600 feet from the defective or working point; red flags by day and, in addition, red lights by night, 600 feet from the defective or working point, on the same side of the track as the engineer of an approaching train; except on double track, where trains run to the left, in which case signals shall be placed to the left-hand side as seen by an engineer of an approaching train, and there is a, clear view of at least 1,200 feet.

  6. When weather or other conditions obscure day signals, night signals must be used in addition.

And it is further ordered: That the foregoing rules be printed in the working time-tables of the said railway companies for the guidance of all employees.

Subdivisions to be named setting out which of the rules are applicable to each.

Frequent service shall mean nine or more trains per diem.

And it is further ordered: That General Order No. 161, dated February 23, 1916, made herein, be, and it is hereby, rescinded.

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