Highway Crossings Protective Devices Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1183)

Regulations are current to 2014-10-27

Highway Crossings Protective Devices Regulations

C.R.C., c. 1183


Regulations Respecting the Installation and Testing of Protective Devices at Highway Crossings at Grade


 These Regulations may be cited as the Highway Crossings Protective Devices Regulations.


 Protective devices of the flashing light type installed by railway companies subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission, pursuant to an order of the Commission, shall comply with the specifications contained in these Regulations for protective devices of the flashing light type, and shall be maintained and tested in accordance with these Regulations.

 Unless otherwise ordered by the Commission, protective devices installed prior to February 1, 1965, are not required to conform with the specifications herein, but such protective devices shall be maintained and tested in accordance with these Regulations.

 In these Regulations, “company” means the railway company responsible for the installation, maintenance and testing of the protective device signals ordered by the Commission.


 When the Commission orders the installation of a protective device of the flashing light type, the railway company concerned shall submit to the authority having jurisdiction over the highway for its approval as to location of the protection in relation to the highway and the railway, four copies of a plan showing the layout and containing the following information:

  • (a) minimum length of operating circuit;

  • (b) maximum distance from the signal to clearance on the opposite side of the track or tracks;

  • (c) distance from the centre of signal to centre of travelled roadway to the nearest foot, this dimension preferably to be not less than 18 feet measured at right angles to the centre line of the highway;

  • (d) distance from the centre of signal to the gauge side of the nearest rail to the nearest foot;

  • (e) length of bracket arm or cantilever structure if used;

  • (f) clearance above crown of road of the bracket arm or cantilever structure if used; and

  • (g) speed for which the operating circuits are designed to comply with subsection 12(1).

 The four copies of the plan referred to in section 5, when approved by the road authority, shall be filed by the railway company with the Commission for approval by one of its engineers.

  •  (1) Unless otherwise authorized by the Commission, a signal of the flashing light type shall be placed on each side of the tracks and to the right of approaching highway traffic, and each signal shall have not less than four electric light units.

  • (2) The assembly of apparatus shall conform to drawing of the Commission set out in Schedule I except that, where the standard assembly cannot be so located due to local conditions, cantilever or bracket signal support or left-hand signals may be used and, where signals are located more than 25 feet from the centre of highway, cantilever signal supports shall be used.

  • (3) Parts which function as background or hood for light signal indications shall be non-reflecting black; all other parts shall be white or aluminum.

  • (4) The signboard prescribed by section 207 of the Railway Act, which forms part of the apparatus, shall have the letters marked in black upon a background painted white, aluminum or of a reflective material satisfactory to the Commission.

  • (5) When more than one track is protected, signs shall indicate the number of tracks to be crossed between signals; the signs shall be marked the same as the signboard except that numerals shall be at least 5 1/2 inches high and letters at least four inches high.