Mr Marius JASSERAND
- 1924 to 1952 -
Mr Jasserand laid claim to the Mornant – Lyon corridor, with two variants:
It was a corridor where both Balaye (Cars Lyonnais) and Transports Citroën were also active.
It was also in
1934 that the OTL stopped running country trams to Mornant, and Marius
replaced the route with a bus. This was the beginning of an unending
squabble with the OTL, who the Jasserand family believed wanted to
reclaim the route.
But somewhere there may have been an error in his declaration, for In September 1932, he wanted an authorization to begin a service from Lyon (Quai Gailleton) to Mornant via Brignais and Taluyers, with 4 returns on weekdays, and 7 on Sundays. The Ponts et Chaussées thought so too, and noted on his declaration in 1934 that maybe not all his services had begun in 1924.
OTL (the Lyon urban operator) formally opposed the 1932 request, citing unnecessary competition on three existing OTL corridors:
years, you will find a similar objection from OTL in every file where a
route would have its terminus in Lyon. Usually it was settled by an
undertaking not to accept local traffic along the OTL portion of the
In his 1934 declaration, Mr Jasserand stated that six vehicles were owned: 3 were 23 seat Berliet 16hp new on 10/03/1933, one was a 23 seat Berliet 19hp new in February 1921, one was a 37 seat Latil 21hp new in 1931, and one was a coach for excursions, a Rochet (Schneider) 14 seater, 19hp new in 1930.
An undated and
incomplete vehicle list in the file appears to relate to the same
period, and so is reproduced here. There are definite links with the
4506PF4 Berliet 22 + 5 capacity seated and standing
Mr Jasserand owned the rights to the service from Soucieu en Jarret to Lyon, which he had created himself in 1932. In December 1936 he sold the route – from 01/01/1937 – to Joannès BRUYAS, 22, quai Perrache, Lyon, at a price of 20,000 FRF.
The income on the route in the previous years had been:
1934 80,000 FRF Profit 5,000 FRF
1935 78,000 FRF Profit 6,000 FRF
1936 82,000 FRF Profit 8,000 FRF
friction between the two businesses over their respective rights
spilled over in to frequent exchanges of letters (see the story of Autocars Bruyas).
A Marius Jasserand vehicle some time before 1939.
The 1939 timetable for Sundays– note that Jasserand operates as a sub-contractor to OTL – and with a timing at 00.15 hours!!
The 1939 timetable for weekdays
Lyon – Mornant : 1939 fare table
Lyon – Taluyers: 1939 fare table
Lyon to Mornant on Sundays
Lyon to Mornant on weekdays
Lyon to Taluyers
Headed notepaper in 1952
The business also operated a Messimy to Vaugneray via Brindas market service. This ran on Tuesdays – an inward journey 08.00 to 08.25 and back 11.00 to 11.25. It was originally authorized on 3 April 1947.
Declaration of the Vaugneray service in 1952
It also now ran St. Sorlin – Mornant – Lyon (one return on Thursdays and on Fridays, with extra journeys during the Foire de Lyon and in the summer months).
Timings in December 1952 on the St Sorlin – Mornant section were 07.20 > 07.30 and return 19.45>19.55 on Thursdays, 10.00>10.10 and 16.30>16.40 on Sundays, and had been authorized by the Comité Technique Départemental on 29 February 1952 as a trial. St Sorlin was 3.5 kms away from Mornant and was home to an orphanage, put forward, with the approval of the mayor, as a good reason for having a bus service.
Timings for the full service in March 1952 were:
Thursday – St. Sorlin 07.20 – Lyon 08.30 : Lyon 19.00 – St. Sorlin 20.00
Sunday – Lyon 09.00 – St. Sorlin 10.00 : St Sorlin 16.40 – Lyon 17.45
Declaration of the Saint Sorlin service in 1952
With the creation of a new département plan de transport, the Jasserand services were described in December 1952 as:
MORNANT to LYON via Brignais
Rights in 1952 – 7 returns daily of which 5 authorised to pick up passengers at Sept Chemins, and 2/3 authorised to pick up passengers at Soucieu. No local traffic on section St. Genis Laval – Lyon (protocol 28/04/39)
Rights applicable from 01/01/53 – Weekdays – 6 journeys Mornant – Lyon (4 via Sept Chemins, 2 via Soucieu), 4 journeys Lyon – Mornant (2 via Sept Chemins, 2 via Soucieu), 1 journey Lyon – Soucieu.
Sundays – 4 Journeys Mornant – Lyon, (3 via Sept Chemins, 1 via Soucieu); 5 journeys Lyon – Mornant (3 via Soucieu, 2 via Sept Chemins).
MESSIMY – VAUGNERAY – 1 return on Tuesdays (autorisation 03/04/47)
RONTALON – LE PINAY – MORNANT – 1 return 1st Friday of the month (authorization 23/06/49)
Extension of LYON – MORNANT to ST. SORLIN – 1 return on Thursdays plus one return on Sundays in summer (authorization 03/04/52).
Vehicles included in the sale were (with estimated value in francs):
2501X69 Berliet PCH 19hp 500,000
2502X69 Berliet PCK7 19hp 1,000,000
2504X69 Chausson APH 15hp 2,000,000
2505X69 Berliet PCH 19hp 500,000
2506X69 Berliet PCH 19hp 500,000
2507X69 Berliet PCH 19hp 500,000
2509X69 Saurer 3CT1D 21hp 2,700,000
4253X69 Chausson APH 15hp 2,000,000
586V69 Berliet GDSL12 23hp 800,000
2793AA69 Citroën 7 45 12hp 1,300,000
Marius Jasserand had recently opened a garage business at 102, avenue Jean Jaurès, Lyon, and appears to have sold in order to concentrate on cars rather than buses.
And so Marius Jasserand ended his involvement with public transport in the Rhône.
Poulat & Driot is another story!
Clive D’EATH - 28/03/2018
The story of another Rhône operator can be found here - Autocars Bruyas
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