|Before the end of May 1869, the railroad had crossed the line from Shawnee into Osage County. On the 17th of |
June, when the track had nearly reached Carbondale, another big excursion, comprising of about two hundred
Topeka citizens and invited guests, went out once more to the end of the line, which had now been extended
into Osage County, fifteen miles from Topeka. The road had more than doubled in length since the first trip and
so the party proceeded to celebrate in much the same manner as at Wakarusa.
During this time the Shawnee County Commissioners issued bonds for the railroad that had been voted on in the
election of 1867, receiving in exchange stock in the company. A train schedule was next arranged and announced
in the Topeka papers in late June, 1869:
A. T. & S. F. R. R. Time Table
Superintendent's Office A. T. & S. F. R. R.
Topeka, June 23, 1869
The above railroad will be opened for business on Monday, June 28th, 1869 between Topeka and Carbondale (17
miles), at which point trains connect with stages for Burlingame and Emporia. Trains will run daily except
Sundays as follows: Mixed train leaves Topeka at 6:15 A.M., arriving at Carbondale 7:45 A.M.. Passenger leaves
Carbondale 10:10 A.M., arrives at Topeka 11:30A.M., connects with east and west trains on the Kansas Pacific.
Returning leaves Topeka at 1:00 P.M., arriving at Carbondale 2:00 P.M. Mixed train leaves Carbondale 4:00 P. M.,
arriving at Topeka 5:45 P. M.
T. J. Peter, Supt.