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Various documents concerning work on the Chemin de Fer de Thiès à Kayes: Rapports Périodiques (1912-1913)
in AOF Series O 66

© 1999 by Jim Jones, Ph.D.

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Note indiquant l'état d'advancement des travaux a la date du 1 Mars, 1912

This is the first of a series of similar reports, each of which describes the state of construction of the following items:

  1. Surveys (completed as far as Tambacounda, as of the date of this report)
  2. Wells
  3. Water lines (completed to kilometer 276.168)
  4. Permanent water lines ("Les aqueducs en buses sont mis en place jusqu'au kilometer 272.450")
  5. Clearing of brush (completed to kilometer 281)
  6. Grading of the right-of-way (completed to kilometer 276.840)
  7. Track-laying (completed to kilometer 268.6)
  8. Track ballasting (completed to kilometer 190.75, underway to kilometer 207)
  9. Construction of railroad stations (the report lists specific gares and the state of construction at each one)
  10. Stone-cutting (This describes the number of stone pieces made for topping walls, edging sidewalks, etc.)
  11. Pipe-making
  12. Extraction of gravel for track ballast

Subsequent reports of the same type provide the following information about the progress of track construction:

Date of report Rails laid to kilometer Track completed to kilometer Note
June 1, 1912 288 213 -
July 1, 1912 294 217.5 -
August 1, 1912 294 224.3 Workers were diverted to repair the Voie Decauville at kilometer 303
September 1, 1912 301.3 229.250 -
October 1, 1912 315.360 234.240 -
November 1, 1912 330 239.885 -
December 1, 1912 341.7 247.5 -
January 1, 1913 342 258.450 -


Rapport sur les Travaux exécutés pendant le premier trimestre 1912

(p13) This report contains a table entitled "Tableau Faisant Ressortir les Effectifs Moyens Journaliers Pendant le 1er Trimestre." The categories of day workers are broken down by section and function. Reading from left to right across the top of the table, the functions are: Chef's d'équipe, Manoeuvres, Maçons, Menusiers, Forgerons, Frappeurs, Chefs Conducteurs, Conducteurs et Infirmiers.

Type of work Foremen Laborers Masons Carpenters Iron workers Beaters
(Frappeurs)
Head conductors Conductors Medical staff
Wells 4 21 - - - - - - -
Water lines 2 56 2 - 1 1 - 1 -
Permanent water lines x 4 1 - - - - - -
Clearing of brush 3 132 - - - - - - -
Grading of the right-of-way 70 2820 - - 2 2 - - 1
Track-laying 4 200 - - 1 1 - - -
Track ballasting 12 290 - - - - - - 1
Transport of gravel 5 90 - - - - - - -
Extraction of gravel 8 400 - - - - - - -
Construction of railroad stations 5 200 60 20 2 2 - - 1
Pipe-making 1 20 2 - - - - - -
Transport of water & other 4 60 - - - - 1 12 -