Stocks à évacuées de Koulikoro (1939-1941)
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All bulk freight commercial traffic was suspended. Passenger service and small commercial freight would continue as long as there was room. (NOTE: limited commercial service was restored September 11, 1939.)
Armenaud had just returned from a trip to Dakar and noticed that there were still 4,300 tons of peanuts waiting in storage at Koulikoro, even though the railroad had a contract to deliver them to Dakar before February 28, 1941. He knew that 281 tons had reached Dakar during the week of January 2-9 (in 23 cars) but calculated that at that rate, it would take until the end of May to finish the job. He threatened to contact the "Groupement d'Importation des Produits Oléagineux à Vichy" to lodge a complaint.
A group of men met as a commission to study the possibility of extending the railroad across the Sahara Desert in order to supply French forces in AOF. Specifically, they discussed the construction of the railroad beyond Bamako towards Gao.
They envisioned a masonry bridge across the Niger at Bamako, 600 meters long and 14 meters wide with room for railroad tracks, a road and pedestrians. It would cost about 35 million francs and be located 200 meters downstream from the the barge port. The approach to the bridge would divide Bagadadji (African neighborhood) from Niaréla (European neighborhood) and have two grade crossings and one underpass. They also thought that the extension of the railroad would make it possible to build African housing on the Niger River right bank and alleviate some of the crowding in Bamako's center.