I make this train from maple, hickory and walnut. There are five cars: engine, tender, tanker, people car and caboose. Each car measures approximatley 8 inches long -- the entire train is about 44 inches long. The cars disconnect and can be played with separately. There's an engineer in the engine and 6 little people in the people car that can be removed and played with - -good eye-hand coordination practice. If you're concerned that your little one will put them in his/her mouth, convo me and I can glue them in the car before shipping. You can also attach a pull-string to the peg in front so that it can be used as a pull-toy. Finished with child-safe boiled linseed oil and polyurethene. Great gift for ages 2 and above.