The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. G.O. 571

Saturday, the 26th of
March, A.D. 1938

In pursuance of the powers conferred upon it by Sections 30 and 269 of the Railway Act, and of all other powers possessed by the Board in that behalf.


Hugh Guthrie
Chief Commissioner

F. N. Garceau
Deputy Chief Commissioner

J. A. Stoneman

G. A. Stone

It is ordered:

  1. That every railway company subject to the legislative authority of the Parliament of Canada be, and it is hereby, forbidden to handle freight cars in main line passenger trains unless such freight cars are equipped with air brakes, communicating signals, steel or steel-tired wheels, and trucks designed for use in passenger train service: Provided, however, that every such company shall be at liberty to use such freight cars in its passenger service when its baggage cars, or freight cars, especially equipped as aforesaid, become disabled or unfit for use while in transit and such cars only are available to receive the baggage or freight, as the case may be, to avoid unnecessary delay in forwarding the same. In this event, the cars must not be loaded beyond their marked capacity, and the speed of the train must not exceed thirty-five miles an hour.
  2. That no branch line passenger train on which is placed a freight car not equipped as provided in the first paragraph hereof shall be allowed to exceed the speed in any one mile prescribed for mixed trains on that subdivision, and shall not in any case exceed thirty-five miles per hour; and such restrictions shall be covered by train order.
  3. That every such railway company failing to comply with the foregoing requirements shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding fifty dollars for every such offence.
  4. That the General Order of the Board No. 20, dated November 25, 1908, made herein, be, and it is hereby, rescinded.