While Waddell was writing critical letters in the spring of 1859, Russell and Jones were moving swiftly to get their stage line into operation. In doing so they relied principally upon credit. They bought 1,000 Kentucky mules, 50 new Concord coaches, and other equipment. A new route following the Kaw, Solomon, Republican River and its South Fork tributary, Big Sandy, and Bijou Creeks was laid out by Colonel William J. Preston of Leavenworth. Temporary stage stations were set up along the way.