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Ingram, Orrin Henry, 1830-1918 / Autobiography, Orrin Henry Ingram : May, 1830--December, 1912

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iron circle four feet in diameter with a center hub that rested
on this four-inch girt, the wheels of the car being two feet or
twenty-six inches in diameter, the top of which were a little
below the top of the frame. I then had a frame made the same
size and like the lower frame I have described, only six inches
in depth. Then I put a similar casting on the lower side of
that frame, and in the casting of the lower frame I had about
eight four inch cast iron wheels, that were set into the lower
circle, and places were made in the casting to receive these
wheels, and the hub of the circle on the narrow frame of this
car made a place for a king bolt. From that the top frame of
the car would revolve around like a turn-table; in other words,
it was a car with a turn-table on it. In this top frame I put
rollers as long as the frame was wide, six inches in diameter;
the end rollers having square ends on the shafts that went
through them, reaching outside of the frame, so that one could
put a crank to it and shift the load from one car to another.
In that way, the tracks being at right angles, and running
through the alleys to the piling ground, one could move a car
to any alley, and a load of 1000, 1500 or 2000 feet, by setting
the top frame at right angles with the car, and move the load
from a loaded car to an empty car in a greater or less time.
That method did away with all the switches in the yard, and it
was a very economical way of handling the lumber; and many
mills all through the country, in New York and Canada, soon
built such cars to handle the lumber in their yards.
   The first year the yard at Troy was in full operation we
shipped to it thirty or thirty-five millions of lumber, and I be-
lieve the project resulted in a very satisfactory way of dispos-
ing of the lumber shipped to the American market. Allen Gil-
more, of whom I have frequently spoken, had charge of the
sawed lumber and square timber in Upper and Lower Canada,
with headquarters at Ottawa, or Bytown. The company had a
branch house in Montreal, of which James Gilmore was the
manager; John and David Gilmore were the managers at the

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