See
12215

The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. 11446

Tuesday, the 2nd of
August, A.D. 1910

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

and upon hearing what was alleged at the sittings of the Board held in Ottawa on June 8, 1909, by counsel and representatives for the Canadian Northern, the Grand Trunk and the Canadian Pacific Railway Companies, and the Michigan Central Rd. Co.:

it is ordered

  1. That every railway company subject to the legislative authority of the Parliament of Canada, operating by steam power any railway or railways, any part or parts of which is or are constructed of, or upon, wooden trestles the whole which cannot be seen from an approaching train for a distance of at least 1,000 ft., do, during May, June, July, August, September and October of each year, provide, place, and keep a watchman, track-walker, fire alarm signals, ballast flooring, zinc covering over caps and intersections, or approved fireproof paint, as hereinafter directed, for the purpose of protecting the said trestles from fire, each such company having the option of adopting any of the said foregoing methods of protection.
  2. That every such company shall cause to be placed and maintained at every trestle less than 30 ft. in length, one barrel of a capacity of at least 45 gallons, and on trestles of over 30 ft. in length a like barrel upon or near each end, with intermediate barrels of the like capacity not more than 150 ft. apart; provided, however, that pile trestles over streams or other bodies of water need not be furnished with intermediate barrels.
  3. That every such company shall cause the said barrels to be kept filled with water.
  4. That every such company shall cause all brush and dead grass to be removed from beneath and around every such trestle, and shall cause its right-of-way crossed by such trestle to be kept free from combustible.
  5. That every such company shall cause all brush and dead grass to be removed from beneath and around every such trestle, and shall cause its right-of-way crossed by such trestle to be kept free from combustible matter.
  6. That on or in the neighborhood of timber lands, or in localities distant from settlement, every such company shall cause to be provided pails for use at all trestles, and all watchmen and track-walkers shall carry such pails while upon duty at trestles.
  7. That where the protection provided is by watchman or track-walker, all trestles on main lines shall be inspected at least twice each 24 hours, at intervals of not less than eight hours, and once every 24 hours on branch lines.
  8. That in the event of any such barrel or pail not being in good and efficient condition for holding water, every such watchman or track-walker shall forthwith repair or replace the same, or if it cannot be done by him, he shall forthwith report such condition to his superior officer. Every such watchman or track-walker shall see that water barrels are at all times kept filled to within 10 in. of the top, or forthwith report same to his superior officer. Every such watchman or track-walker, whenever any such trestle is injured by fire, shall, as soon as possible thereafter, report the same to his superior officer.
  9. That the firm alarm signals be equal, in the opinion of an engineer of the Board, to the Montauk thermostat.
  10. That it fireproof paint is used, on coat thereof, at least equal to the Clapp fireproof paint, be applied at least every five years.
  11. That the ballast flooring be of gravel and be at least equal to the standard of flooring adopted by the Great Northern Ry. Co., plans of which are on file with the Board. This flooring consists of a complete coating of gravel from beneath the head of rail to the ties, extending laterally from outside guardrail to outside guardrail.
  12. That if zinc or galvanized iron is used, the caps, stringers, and the outside of the batter posts of every such trestle, and, if the company desires, the ties, be covered with a zinc or galvanized iron covering.
  13. That every railway company failing or neglecting to comply with any of the foregoing regulations shall be subject to a penalty of $30.
  14. That every watchman or track-walker failing or neglecting to make inspection in accordance with the foregoing regulations, or failing or neglecting to make nay of the reports herein required of him, or otherwise defaulting in any of the duties imposed upon him by this order, shall be subject to a penalty of $15 for each such failure or neglect.
  15. That every railway company shall cause every watchman or track-walker to be furnished with a copy of this order.
  16. That order 5103, July 30, 1908, be rescinded.

[The Railway and Marine World, No. 152 (Oct. 1910), pg. 803, col. 2]