Correspondence Chemin de Fer Kayes-Niger et Navigation (1922)
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This letter describes the personnel of a repair crew for telephone poles. There was a European chef (supervisor) to start things off and evaluate the final repairs, which were carried out by a surveillant (literally "watcher; i.e. foreman) named Kéléké Diarra and two African masons.
This telegrams conveys the message from the Service de Sante at Conakry (Guinea) about the smallpox outbreak at the village of Balandougou near Siguiri on the Upper Niger.
"Urgent. General Claudel et commandant aviation quitteront probablement Kayes avec 2 avions Mercredi matin. Prieure me tenir au courant leur passage sur les gares." (Urgent. General Claudel and the commander of the aviation service will probably leave Kayes with two airplanes on Wedensday morning. Keep me informed as they pass each railroad station.)
Special trains operated for the Fête Nationale on July 14 and 15, 1922.
This letter mentions three things. The first was the need to remove sand bars in the Niger River between Segou and Sansanding in order to improve navigation. The second was to reposition the fever inspection stations from their current locations above and below Segou and Koulikoro to locations nearer to the docks, in order to facilitate barge handling. Third, the Société wanted the Governor to renew their authorization to obtain firewood from river villages in the event of an emergency, always with the understanding that they would replace the wood or pay a price set by the governor.
This is an order to send aviation fuel from Bamako to Timbuktu as soon as possible. The fuel must arrive by the end of October.
This letter addresses complaints about the river postal system by Chef du Service de la Poste Clion. The letter mentions the use of pirogues postales (postal canoes) named Giraffe, Biche and Sankarani. In response to charges that the service is too infrequent, this letter claims that three pirogues left during a single 11- day stretch.
Traore asked permission to transfer to the Service de l'Enseignement to teach apprentices. He cited his poor health which was aggravated by work on the railroad, plus his diploma from l'École Pinet-Laprade.
This is an order for the transfer of Chaudronnier en fer (steamfitter) N'Diaye Mamadou of Dakar from the railroad to the Service de la Navigation.
General Delestre and M. de Ceris arrived on the steamer Picardy at Kayes with three "autos Citröens" headed for Timbuktu and southern Algeria. The governor asked that a special train be provided to haul their automobiles and private car to Bamako as soon as possible.
The steamship Mage was intended to leave Koulikoro on October 5, 1922 towing an aviation motorcraft ("en remorque vedette aviation") The Service de Navigation was to provide a pilot for the vedette back from Timbuktu to Koulikoro in order to guide Lt. Lentz.
There were five tons of aviation fuel waiting in Toukoto to supply airplanes. This includes orders on accounting and payment for the fuel.
The railroad needs to enlarge the culvert (pont de 2 metres) at the exit to Bamako along the route to Koulikoro because whenever it rains, there is flooding back up into the neighborhood of Medina-Coura.
The railroad started a new passenger train service between Bamako and Koulikoro which was timed to allow river passengers to make the connection with the "Niger Express" from Bamako to Ambidédi (the western terminus of the railroad on the Senegal River).
Special trains operated for events like the "Courses de Bamako" on December 24, 1922. The railroad ran extra trains between Kati and Bamako - seven in each direction.
The Chef du Service de la Navigation routinely sent notices ("Avis de depart") of sailings from Koulikoro to the Gouverneur du Soudan Français and Directeur du Chemin de Fer. They provide the following names of steamships operating on the Middle Niger River in 1922: Mage, Bamako, Governeur Clozel, Bonnier, Beledougou, Macina. There were also barges named Ibis and Gazelle.