The Board of Transport
Commissioners for Canada
Commission des Transports
du Canada

Order no. G.O. 600

Tuesday, the 7th of
January, A.D. 1941

In the matter of regulations governing the handling of vestibule doors, platforms, curtains, guard rails, side and end gates, tail gates, chains, and bars on equipment handled on passenger and mixed trains.

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J. A. Cross
Chief Commissioner

Hugh Wardrope
Assistant Chief Commissioner

F. N. Garceau
Deputy Chief Commissioner

J. A. Stoneman
Commissioner

G. A. Stone
Commissioner

Upon reading what had been filed on behalf of The Railway Association of Canada and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen; and upon the recommendation of the Director of Operation of the Board—

It is ordered:

  1. That every railway company subject to the legislative authority of the Parliament of Canad operating a railway by steam power shall strictly conform to the following rules and regulating governing the handling of vestibule doors, platforms, curtains, guard rails, side and end gates, chains, and bars on equipment handled on passenger and mixed trains namely:—
    (1) *Through and local trains, double track, right hand operation. When running, all vestibule doors and platforms are to be kept closed. When standing, those on the right hand side only are to be opened, except when necessary to open those on left hand side to receive or discharge passengers.
    (2) *Through and local trains, double track, left hand operation. When running, all vestibule doors and platforms are to be kept closed. When standing, those on left hand side only are to be opened, except when necessary to open those on right side to receive or discharge passengers.
    (3) *Through and local trains, single track. When running, all vestibule doors and platforms are to be kept closed.
    *Note.—Through and local trains, when in commutation limits and carrying commutation traffic within such limit, will be regarded as suburban trains and vestibule doors and platforms will be handled as provided for suburban trains in clauses 4, 5 and 6 hereof.
    (4) Suburban trains, double track, right hand operation. Vestibule doors and platforms on hand side of train may be kept open. Those on left hand side are to be kept closed, except when necessary to open them to receive or discharge passengers.
    (5) Suburban trains, double hand operation. Vestibule doors and platforms on left hand side of train may open. Those on right hand side are to be kept closed, except when necessary to open to receive or discharge passengers.
    (6) Suburban trains, single track. All vestibule doors and platforms may be kept open.
    (7) Secure vestibule doors and platforms. When permissible to have vestibule doors and platforms open when these must be securely fastened.
    (8) Guard rails or side gates. These appliances will be handled as prescribed for the handling of vestibule and doors and platforms.
    (9) Vestibule curtains. These appliances will be kept fastened, except during switching operations.
    (10) Tail gates, chains, or bars. The appliance at the rear of the last car on the train must invariably be kept closed and securely fastened, and the appliance at the of the last passenger car must also be kept closed and securely fastened when a baggage car, flanger, or caboose is immediately behind it.
  2. That, when vestibule doors and platforms, side gates or guard rails (if required by the said regulations to be kept closed when running) are closed as the train moves away from stopping point and remain closed until nearing the next stopping point, or when trainman is on duty at the opening, it will be considered that the regulations herein approved are being complied with.

J. A. Cross
Chief Commissioner,
The Board of Transport Commissioners for Canada.