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Chef de Service p.i. des Travaux Publics, "Chemin de Fer du Ségou-Bani, Fiche de Renseignement 1936"
(Bamako, February 8, 1937)
in ANM 1 K 2175 fonds nouveaux, tome I

© 1999 by Jim Jones, Ph.D.

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This is a profile of the Ségou-Bani railroad. It was 52.6 kilometers in length and served three train stations (Ségou, Cinzana and Douna) and 6 stations (Pelengena, Dialabougou, Fenzana, Fahira, Faléma and Ouïtia).

There were no European employees, four permanent African employees and 42 African auxiliaires. They operated three locomotives of 8.5 tons, two tenders (without tenders), four passenger cars with a total seating capacity of 108, four boxcars, eight flatcars, eight tankcars and one gondola car. One passenger car, two tank cars and three gondola cars burned on April 25, 1936 in what this report calls an "incendie de coke" (coke fire) although it lists the passenger car as burning on April 15, 1936.

In 1936, they operated a total of 198 passenger and "mixed" trains and 54 freight trains. They carried a total of 13,164 paying passengers and 97 passengers traveling on tickets requisitioned by the government. They also carried 385 tons of baggage, 3,147.09 tons of paid freight merchandise and 7,281.26 tons of freight for the government. The maximum daily capacity from one end of the line to the other was 200-250 passengers (using boxcars and gondala cars) and 150 tons of freight.

This table shows a breakdown of the freight carried, by weight (tons):