As a farmer I have loaded considerable grain off the platform, and I have loaded it aiso off the ground, and I must agree with my hon. friend (Mr. Staples) who has just sat down. We have had gieat inconvenience with our platforms in Dauphin owing to their being too narrow. We have two platforms there and when you get two cars alongside of these platforms it is almost impossible to load them at the same time, whereas if they were extended to a width of 24 feet-and you might double that, but 24 feet is sufficient-[DOT] that would be wide enough to back up to the car. I believe that i*f a platform is made 24 feet wide, so that the farmer can back up without any trouble there will be no trouble in loading the two cars off one platform. Of course there the platform is long enough to have three, but in the case of our (platforms at Dauphin they are only long enough to load two cars, and it is very hard to load two cars when your teams have to be placed sideways to the ear. My hon. friend (Mr. Staples) spoke of unloading traction engines. That recalled to my mind an incident that occurred a few years ago. We were unloading engines off the car on to one of these platforms, and owing to the narrowness of the platform the engineer, when he started the engine off the flat ears on to the platfoim, went right over the platform with the front wheels. He broke his collar bone-in fact was very nearly killed-and was in the hospital for three or four weeks. This is certainly a very important, question, and in my opinion the platform ought to be at least 24 feet wide.
Subtopic: THE GRAIN ACT.