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Arrêté Ministeriel autorisant l'ouverture à l'exploitation du Chemin de Fer de Kayes à Bafoulabé
(Paris, November 19, 1893)

in AOF Series O 58

© 1999 by Jim Jones, Ph.D.

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(p1) This law is dated November 19, 1893, but it carries a handwritten note that it was "modifié par l'arrête du 30 Octobre 1896." The railroad officially opened on January 1, 1894, with stations located at Kayes, Mediné, Sabouciré, Dinguiré, Bagouko, Galougo and Bafoulabé.

One train operates each way per day from Kayes to Bafoulabé, while two trains operate each way per day from Kayes to Mediné. Supplementary trains would operate according to demand, but in no case would freight be permitted to wait at the station where it was delivered for more than eight days. However, all of this is subject to the availability of sufficient rolling stock and that conditions should permit.

(p2) Authorized passenger rates:

The following distances between stations were used to calculate passenger fares:

Station Distance from Kayes (kilometers)
Kayes 0
Mediné junction 10
Mediné 12
Sabouciré 26
Dinguiré 43
Bagouko 66
Galougo 93
Bafoulabé 124

Children under 3 years of age ride free. Children from 3-7 years ride for half price.

(p3) Chapter II

Baggage travels at a rate of 0.50 francs per ton per kilometer. ...
(p4) ... Each ticket holder is permitted to carry a maximum of one ton of baggage.

(p5) Chapter III: Petite Vitesse, Marchandises, Bestiaux, Animaux (Freight, merchandise, livestock, animals)

This section was also modified by the Arrête du 30 Octobre 1896. Handwritten notes attest to the fact.

In 1893, the railroad carried first class baggage for 0.40 francs per ton-kilometer. (NOTE: this may be an error, since second class baggage also cost 0.40 francs per ton-kilometer. It is possible that this should read 0.50 francs per ton-kilometer, since that was the old rate.) This included things like chemicals, spirits, arms and powder, artillery, cars, steam boilers, ships, "verroteries et monnaie de billon," tea, perfume, silk and silk cloth, big game pelts, cola, tobacco, rubber and gutta percha.

Second class baggage traveled for 0.40 francs per ton- kilometer, and included various tiles and ceramic articles, wood dyes, ebony, other luxury wood products, metals, wire, thread, sewing machines, machine parts, iron tools, wool, cotton, cloth and thread, leather goods, oils and fats, Karité butter, wax, gum, salt, sugar, spices, coffee, meat, indigo, soap, ochre and flints for firemaking.

As a consequence of the Arrêté du 30 Octobre 1896, after January 1, 1897, merchandise was charged differently according to the direction it traveled. Mercahndise headed towards the interior paid 0.50 francs per ton-kilometer, while merchandise headed towards Kayes paid 0.07 francs per ton- kilometer.

(p6) The railroad carried third class freight for 0.22 francs per ton-kilometer. This included all sorts of building materials like chalk, cement, lumber, brick; also grain and flour, vegetables and fruit, wine, beer, cider, drinks, ice, mineral water, medicine, animal skins and raw wool.

The railroad carried fourth class freight for 0.15 francs per ton-kilometer. This included Karité nuts, peanuts, "ricin," rice, millet, sorghum, live fowl, cotton, "Alfa," baskets and other empty containers, coal, minerals, rocks and sand.