Cog Railway may become part of Lego history

The Peppersass Engine, built in 1866, could become part of a Lego building set that celebrates the Mount Washington Cog Railway's 150th anniversary.

BRETTON WOODS — While many people love the Mount Washington Cog Railway, 10,000 of them have to show their support online before its historic Peppersass and Moosilauke engines can be considered for commemoration in a Lego building set.

Recently, Mark Carbonneau submitted a design and suggestion to Lego Ideas that Lego produce a Cog Railway set in time for the Cog’s 150th anniversary in 2016.

Carbonneau, who has several designs pending on the Lego Ideas website and who on his LinkedIn page is identified as a senior quality assurance manager for an Orlando, Fla., computer games company, was unavailable on Tuesday, but he explained on Lego Ideas that his concept was created to celebrate the construction of the Peppersass engine by Sylvester Marsh in 1866.

He added that the set would also recognize “a significant engineering feet (sic), and is a stylish train to include in any Lego train enthusiast’s collection.”

The Peppersass engine is currently on display at the Cog’s Marshfield Station while the Moosilauke engine, along with a passenger car, is ensconced in a tourist rest area at the intersection of New Hampshire routes 3 and 302 in the Village of Twin Mountain.

Now that he has submitted a suggestion to Lego Ideas, Carbonneau needs to receive 10,000 approvals at within a year for his idea to move forward.

As of Monday, the suggestion had 326 supporters with 360 days left to garner the remaining 9,674 approvals.

Once a Lego Ideas suggestion obtains 10,000 approvals, the project gets a “Lego Review” wherein, according to the company, “A review board of set designers and marketing representatives evaluates projects according to our review criteria and hand-picks projects to become new Lego Ideas sets. We can’t make everything, but every project in review gets a fair shot.”

Projects selected in the Lego Review go into production, said Lego, which is based in Billund, Denmark, but which has offices throughout the world, including in Enfield, Conn. Lego sells products in 130 countries and a prospective Cog Railway set would feature Carbonneau in the set materials, recognize him as the creator and would generate for him a royalty on sales.