Rescinded by
G.O. 188

The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. G.O. 161

Wednesday, the 23rd of
February, A.D. 1916

4135.25

  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:—
    1. On double track;
    2. On three or more tracks;
    3. In mountain territory; and
    4. On all lines with frequent1 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.

    8,600 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 a 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 the track, and 5 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 further 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 as the engineer of an approaching train, 300 feet in advance of the red signal.
  3. Trains stopped by flagman, as per Eule 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 Kule 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 right-hand side of the track as seen by 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 where 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 said railway companies for the guidance of all employees.

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

1Frequent service shall mean nine or more trains per diem.