Any ideas on where to start , I want it to look real. I had a bakery make him a retirement train cake and it looked like Thomas the train, I was not happy.
Do you want a 3D engine, or something else railroad related? I'm thinking besides the obvious "picture of a train station" you could decorate a sheet cake to look like a route map or a collage of tickets or RR crossing signs and gates and things like that?
I think it's the more muted colors that take it out of the realm of Thomas. Although I once saw a photo of the actual steam engine on which Thomas is based and wow, is it bright blue.