Amended by
G.O. 280
Amended by
G.O. 368

The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. G.O. 248

Monday, the 19th of
August, A.D. 1918

In the matter of the General Order of the Board No. 188, dated April 23, 1917, approving regulations for the Uniform Maintenance of Way Flagging Rules for Impassable Track and General Order No. 216, dated January 24, 1918, further defining Frequent Service.


And in the matter of the application of the Canadian Railway War Board for an order amending said Order No. 188 to provide for authority to use the Brennan Signal, so-called, or a device of a similar character in lieu of manual flagging required under said order.


H. L. Drayton
Chief Commissioner

Upon hearing the application at the sittings of the Board held in Ottawa, June 4, 1918, in the presence of counsel for the Canadian Pacific, the Grand Trunk, and the Canadian Northern Railway Companies, and the Michigan Central Railroad Company, the Brotherhoods of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen being represented at the hearing, no one appearing for the applicant Railway Board, and what was alleged; and reading the written submissions filed in support of the application and on behalf of the said Brotherhoods of Railwaymen; and upon the report and recommendation of the Chief Operating Officer of the Board,—

It is ordered:

  1. That the rules approved by said General Order No. 188 be amended as follows, namely: By
    1. Inserting the word main after the word the in the first line and before the word track in the second line of rule one;
    2. Striking out the figure 3 before (b) of rule 3 (b) and the words supported on two staffs with flag drawn out between them at right angles to the track and five feet above rail level in lines 1, 2, and 3 of said rule, and substituting the letter d for the letter a to read red" in the fourth line, and adding as clause (d) to said rule the following:

      Between sunset and sunrise and during stormy, foggy or smoky weather conditions flagmen must be placed instead of the outer signals referred to in clause (b);

    3. Adding after the figure 2 in the first line of rule 4 the words and figures and rule 3 (d), and after the word point in the second line of said rule 4 the words or working point signal as the case may be, making the clause read,

      Trains stopped by flagmen, as per rule 2 and rule 3 (d), shall be governed by his instructions and proceed to the working point or working point signal, as the case may be, and there be governed by signal or instructions of the foreman in charge.

    4. Inserting (b) after the figure 3 in the first line and substituting the word has for the word had in the fourth line of rule 5;
    5. Substituting the word must for the word may in the second line of rule 6;
    6. Striking out the words, Frequent service shall mean nine or more trains per diem, on page 4 of the order; and
    7. Adding the following regulations after rule 7 of the order, namely:—

      8. Frequent service shall mean nine or more trains a day, and fast train service shall mean a service at a speed of thirty-five miles or more an hour.

      9. That the Brennan Signal device as approved by the Board, or a signal of an equally serviceable type attached to the base of the rail, to be approved by the Board, be used to display the signals directed to be provided under rules 3 (b) and 6 (Yellow Signal) of this order and rule 35 (Yellow Signal) of the Uniform Code of Operating Rules.

      10. Flagmen must each be equipped for daytime with a red flag and four torpedoes, and for night-time, and when weather or other conditions obscure day signals, with a red light, a white light, four torpedoes, three red fusees, and a supply of matches.

  2. That the said General Order No. 216, dated January 24, 1918, be, and it is hereby, rescinded.

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