Order no. G.O. 236
|Monday, the 20th of
May, A.D. 1918
In the matter of the application of the Trainmen's Association of Canada, for the revision of Order No. 58S8, dated December 16, 1908, making provision for the protection of railway employees.
H. L. Drayton
Assistant Chief Commissioner
W. B. Nantel
Deputy Chief Commissioner
S. J. McLean
A. S. Goodeve
A. C. Boyce
Upon hearing this application, and upon the reports of the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Engineer of the Board,—
It is ordered as follows:—
- Whereas subsection 3 of section 264 of the Railway Act provides that,—
There shall also be such a number of cars in every train equipped with power or train brakes that the engineer of the locomotive drawing such train can control its speed, or bring the train to a stop in the quickest and best manner possible, without requiring brakemen to use the common hand brake for the purpose.
Therefore, at least eighty-five per cent (85%) of the number of cars in every train shall be equipped as above required.
- When more than one engine is attached to a train, the engineer of the leading engine shall operate the brakes.
- No light engine, nor two or more light engines coupled, when the movement is either on a single track or against the current of traffic on a double track, shall be run a greater distance than twenty-five miles in any one direction without a conductor appointed for service as such and possessed of the qualifications set out in paragraph (b) of section 5 of this order.
- No railway company shall permit any employee to engage in the operation of trains, or handle train orders, without first requiring such employee to pass an examination on train rules and undergo a satisfactory eye and ear test by a competent
- Locomotive engineers must be at least twenty-one years of age; undergo a satisfactory eye and ear test by a competent examiner; and pass an examination on train rules and regulations and the proper care and operation of locomotives and air brakes,
- Conductors must be at least twenty-one years of age; undergo a satisfactory eye and ear test, and pass an examination on train rules and regulations and the operation of air brakes.
- Telegraph or telephone operators engaging in the operation of trains or handling train orders must be at least eighteen years of age; write a legible hand; and pass an examination on train rules and regulations. Telegraph operators must be able to send and receive messages at the rate of not less than twenty words a minute.
- Train despatchers must be at least twenty-one years of age, be familiar with the line over which they have charge, and pass an examination on train rules and regulations.
- Railway companies shall (within ninety days from the date of this order) file with the Board a copy of each examination paper for the examinations herein required to be passed by the employees of such railway company.
- All railway companies shall strictly conform to the rules and regulations from time to time approved by the Master Car Builders' Association, governing the loading of lumber, logs and stone upon open cars, and the loading and carrying of structural material, plates, rails and girders; and no material of any kind shall be carried on the roofs of cars.
- All open drains crossing tracks in railway yards shall be safely covered for at least five feet from the gauge side of each rail, except in times of flood, when temporary open drains may be provided if necessary.
- No semaphores, signals, poles, high or intermediate switchstands, or piles of material, erected or placed in future, shall be nearer than six feet from the gauge side of the nearest rail.
- No structure, except mail cranes, which shall be erected and maintained as directed by Order of the Board No. 5647, dated November 20, 1908, over four feet high shall hereafter be placed within six feet from the gauge side of the nearest rail without first obtaining the approval of the Board.
- Water stand-pipes shall not be nearer than two feet and six inches from the widest engine cab, and the spout of the stand-pipe shall, when not in use, be fastened parallel with main track, and enginemen are required to see that this is done after using any such pipe.
- Every person or company offending against any of the foregoing provisions shall forfeit and pay the sum of fifty dollars ($50) for every such offence.
- Orders Nos. 5888 and 12225 (General Orders Nos. 22 and 65), dated respectively December 16, 1908 and November 9, 1910, made herein are hereby rescinded.
H. L. Drayton
The Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada.