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5D Valley Camp

Route 5D came into PAT's route structure from New Kensington City Lines route on March 2, 1964. This route can trace its roots back before 1921 when the route was created by the New Kensington Taxi Cab company. The route survived through Westmoreland Transportation Company who bought out the taxi company in 1921 and again survived though New Kensington City Lines which was a fully owned subsidiary of Penn Transit.

Garages assigned to the 5D:

Tarentum Garage - 03/02/64 - 12/13/70

Destination Signs:

Route ran with window cards and destination signs.

We are still investigating the readings for the signs but the above are representative of what you would have seen for the route.


Original routing to New Kensington- Constitution at Camp via Camp, Leishman, Kenneth, Drey, 19th Street, 5th Avenue, 9th Street to 4th Avenue.

Original routing to Valley Camp - 9th Street at 4th Avenue via 4th Avenue, 14th Street, Moss (Horne on later maps), Drey, Kenneth, Ewing, Constitution to Camp.

Alternate mill routing to New Kensington - Regular routing from Constitution at Camp to Fifth Avenue, 15th Street to 3rd Avenue.

Alternate mill routing to Valley Camp - 3rd Avenue, 12th Street, 2nd Avenue, 11th Street, 4th Avenue then via regular route.

A one way trip on the regular routing took approximately 15 minutes.

Route Highlights:

  • Started: 03/02/64 (PAT's acquisition of NKCL - actual redesignation to 5D is not currently known).

  • Ended: 12/12/70 due to low ridership.

  • The 5D ran only Monday through Saturday with no Sunday or holiday service.

  • Mill trips to the Alcoa Aluminum mill were greatly increased starting 01/26/69.

  • There was one trip over the course of the 5D that was a force transfer in Arnold in order to complete the trip to Valley Camp. This was the Saturday 12:45 PM leaving New Kensington.

  • Starting effective 01/26/69 there was one mill trip from the Alcoa mill that left at 3:45 PM that had an extended routing once it reached Kenneth and Leishmon. Once there it proceeded to Camp and turned right instead of left and proceeded to Camp and Freeport Road. This trip was not shown on the schedule beside as an unmarked notation.

  • Besides the additional mill trips, the route remained virtually the same between 1964 and 1970. There was an early change in the mill route extension but it currently can't be documented as to when the change occurred.

Schedules (Known PAT issued schedules are listed):

The 5D had 2 distinct schedule styles issued.

The schedules from the Tarentum Garage were folder AV-9 and were in the early 60's style of plain white as well as the late 60's style. All were a 3 panel fold out schedule and the 5D shared a folder with the 5E, 5F, 5G, 5H and 5J.

AV-9A - 08/30/64 - Reissued without changes *
AV-9B - 11/27/66 - Reissued without changes *
AV-9C - ?
AV-9D - ?
AV-9E - ?
AV-9F - ?
AV-9G - 09/01/68
AV-9H - 12/01/68
AV-9J - 01/26/69
AV-9L - 01/25/70

There may have been schedules issued prior to AV-9A and were typically reprinted former operator schedules.

Route Disposition:

The 5D was discontinued due to low ridership. Routes 5A and 5B were extended to serve a portion of the Valley Camp area.

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The route map for the 5D, an early example of one of the schedules and the last time table issued for the route.

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This page was updated on November 08, 2006

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