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Capt. Klobb, Directeur du Service de Chemin de Fer,
Rapport sur l'État de ce service au 28 Octobre 1888 (Kayes, November 15, 1888)
in ANM K 11 fonds anciens

© 1999 by Jim Jones, Ph.D.

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This report shows that inferior materials and techniques were used in railroad construction. It specifically mentions using local wood for crossties placed only 3 or 4 ties per section, resulting in a separation of as much as 2.2 meters between ties. It also mentions the use of crossties with a diameter of only 0.1 meter, although they were supposed to be at least 0.18 meter in diameter. Finally, there is mention of the large amount of work required to repair bridges destroyed during the rainy season floods.