Amended by
G.O. 347

The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. G.O. 258

Monday, the 25th of
November, A.D. 1918

In the matter of rule 26 of the General Train and Interlocking Rules approved by Order of the Board No. 1563, dated July 12, 1909, providing that a blue flag by day and a blue light at night be displayed at one or both ends of an engine, car, or train for the protection of workmen engaged in, under, or around cars on regular repair tracks;

And in the matter of the question of requiring additional protection of workmen so engaged as contemplated by circular of the Board No. 150, dated January 29, 1917, and supplement No. 1 thereto, dated November 2, 1911, as well as supplement No. 2, dated March 17, 1913, to circular No. 98, copies of said circular and supplements having been served upon the railway companies subject to the jurisdiction of the Board with the request that said companies show cause why the recommendations embodied in such circular and supplements should not be adopted and put in practice on their respective railways.


H. L. Drayton
Chief Commissioner

W. B. Nantel
Deputy Chief Commissioner

S. J. McLean

A. S. Goodeve

A. C. Boyce

Upon reading the answers filed on behalf of the companies in response to said request, the reports of the Board's Inspectors' and the recommendation of its Chief Operating Officer,—

It is ordered, as follows:

  1. That all railway companies within the legislative authority of the Parliament of Canada, operating by steam, be, and they are hereby^ directed to display the blue flag by day and the blue light by night, required by rule 26 of the General Train and Interlocking Rules, at a height of five feet above rail level, on a steel frame secured to the rail; the day signal (flag) to be 22 by 28 inches in size, set at right angles to the track, and located between the switch and the first engine, car, or train occupying the track.
  2. That all switches leading to regular repair tracks of every such railway company be locked with special locks and keys carried by the foreman in charge of the repair work, or other responsible party, whose duty it shall be to see that employees and workmen, so engaged, are warned and are clear from cars or engines before any switching movement is made on such track; and also that the switches are relocked after the switching movement is completed.

J. G. Rutherford
The Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada.