Construction work using forced labour on the Dakar–Niger Railway began at the end of the 19th century under the French general Gallieni commander of French Sudan
The railroad connected the Niger River with the port of Dakar. The line was completed at the beginning of the 20th century, the Kayes-Koulikoro section being inaugurated in 1904, but the final section of line did not open until 1924.
The line covers a course of 1,287 km of which 641 km lies in Mali.The track gauge is 1000 mm
Engines in the station in Dakar. End february, the suburban commuter trains were not running due to bad tracks.
The fantastic colonial hotel du rail in Kayes....
....and its reception....
Mali is dependant on the railroad. It has no ports and the railroad is the only means of transportation to the next sea port at Dakar
Village on the way from Bamako to Kayes
Inside the station hall