I am sure that this was done on the railroads along the Mendocino Coast. Alas, I have yet to come across a picture of the loading taking place.
Marc Reusser’s “Steam in the Woods” Facebook page had a photo which showed me how it was done:
Marc was kind enough to add explanatory text to the photo:
“Standard Lumber Company, loading a donkey onto one of their logging flats.Note that the donkey engine is under steam and has been rigged and blocked, in such a manner, so as to be able to pull itself onto the car. Visible beyond the donkey, is a skidway, and above to the left, a horse. Horses were often used for line outhaul, carrying water, yarding logs, and various other tasks.”
Thinks, “Can we model this?”