anm document

Untitled chart of shipping times for goods
between Gao and
Dakar (no date, probably 1948)
in ANM 1 Q 192 fonds recents

© 1999 by Jim Jones, Ph.D.

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This chart indicates that the most that the transport system could carry per month was 4,500 tons on the railroad from Bamako to Dakar, 5,000 tons between Koulikoro and Bamako, and 4,000 tons per month by river. It also provides a breakdown on the time required to transport goods from the Middle Niger Valley to Dakar, which is presented in the following table:

Departure point Total time Days to travel between Dakar and Bamako by railroad Days to travel between Bamako and Koulikoro by railroad Days on the river Days for loading
Gao 31 15 2 12 2
Tombouctou 28 15 2 9 2
Goundam 27 15 2 8 2
Niafunké 27 15 2 8 2
San 25 15 2 8 0
Mopti 23 15 2 6 0
Ségou 21 15 2 4 0
Bamako 17 15 2 0 0
Kita 15 13 2 0 0
Bafoulabé 13 11 2 0 0
Kayes 12 10 2 0 0

OBSERVATION: Kita, Bafoulabé and Kayes were all west of Bamako, so it is logical that goods from those towns would require less than 15 days to reach Dakar by rail. However, it makes no sense that those goods would require two days to travel from Koulikoro to Bamako by rail, since they did not even use that stretch of the railroad. Either the original document or the notes on the document must be in error.