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Lionel Santa Fe Train Sets

The lionel Santa Fe was the first streamline set of Lionel's postwar golden era. The Santa Fe F3 during this period would come to host such innovations as powerful horizontally (later vertical) mounted dual motors with some serious pulling power, magne-traction, a horn and a light.

The 1st Santa Fe set in 1948 was called the Super Speed-liner and consisted of 4 passenger cars with extruded aluminum bodies. As you will see, they looked great.

The Santa Fe Super Speedliner heralded in the golden age of Lionel Trains. If there's ever an icon of America's toy from that period, the Santa Fe with it's bright red war bonnet is it. The Santa Fe train set became apart of American culture. Everybody wanted one, from celebrities to the kid next door or his dad. Lionel had a winner on their hands and it was one of the most coveted toys of the time.

The red yellow on silver war bonnet and the Santa Fe sets are indelibly associated with the holidays for many. I myself remember looking at this train over and over in the Sears holiday Wishbook catalog, as if really staring at it would actually bring it into being.

After World War 2 was a boom time for much of America, the economy was back on track and the rail system was as vibrant as ever. It is fitting that since it's introduction in 1948, the Lionel Santa Fe has been an astoundingly accurate indicator of the health of Lionel as a company. It's evolution and quality has closely paralleled that of it's manufacturer. During the golden age for Lionel, the Santa Fe F3 sported dual motors, magne-traction and many details. During the 1960's the Santa Fe survived with a single motor. Into the 1970's, were tough and lean years for Lionel, the Santa Fe F3 was reduced to having less detail, only one motor and no magne-traction. As the Lionel company recovered, so did the F3, by 1996 the Santa Fe diesel F3 regained it's dual motor status as well as magne-traction with the addition of some new powers like digital sound and TrainMaster control. If this train is any indicator, Lionel is doing much better now as the modern Santa Fe F3 is larger (true scale size) with much more details, TrainMaster Command Control, a smoke unit, digital railsounds, cruise control, lit cabin interior and engineer figures.

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LIONEL 6 30178 SANTA FE SUPER CHIEF PASS SET w RailSounds Diesel+3 pass cars

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Hallmark Ornament 2011 LIONEL SANTA FE SUPER CHIEF TRAIN set of 3 Miniature NW

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LIONEL TRAINS SANTA FE DIESEL ALCO FA AB ENGINE SET 8020 8021 NO RESERVE 70s

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LIONEL TRAINS 6 CAR FREIGHT TRAIN SET EXC CANADIAN NATIONAL SANTA FE NORESERV

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LIONEL TRAINS 6 CAR FREIGHT TRAIN SET ERIE LAKAWANA SANTA FE CN NO RESERVE

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LIONEL SANTA FE RS 3 LIONCHIEF REMOTE CONTROL SCOUT FREIGHT SET 6 30207

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HALLMARK 2011 LIONEL SANTA FE SUPER CHIEF MINIATURE ORNAMENT SET

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Lionel Santa Fe 204 Diesel Switcher Set

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LIONEL MINT BOXED W MASTER CARTON SANTA FE 2383 F3 AA DIESEL LOCO SET

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Lionel Santa Fe Super Chief Streamliner Passenger Set of 3 6 30178

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Lionel Postwar 1457B Freight Set from 1949 with 6220 ATSF Santa Fe NW 2 Diesel

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Original Postwar Lionel 11530 5 unit Santa Fe Diesel Freight Set Box

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2011 Lionel Santa Fe Super Chief 3 piece set MINIATUREHallmark Ornament NEW

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LIONEL 6 30178 SANTA FE SUPER CHIEF PASS SET w RailSounds Diesel+3 pass cars

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LIONEL POSTWAR 2190W SANTA FE SUPER SPEEDLINER TRAIN SET EX C 7+

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Lionel Post War Powered 2383 Santa Fe Engine and Cab Set

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jo Lionel 6 15312 Santa Fe Aluminum Passenger Set SF Super Chief 4 pack O

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VINTAGE 70S LIONEL SANTA FE TWIN DIESEL TRAIN SET w ORIGINAL BOX

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Lionel 6 30022 Santa Fe Southwest Special Freight Diesel Train Set with Sounds

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LIONEL SANTA FE 5 CAR PASSENGER SET W 30105 STATION SOUNDS CAR

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So in summary, the Lionel Santa Fe F3 engine and train set is an icon in American culture as well as model railroading. Many versions of this train exist. Hopefully with the help of ModelTrainsYard.com you can find the highly sought after models and collectors items. Even if you're more of a casual collector, there is something for everyone and for a price that's lower than you think, you too can have some of the magic that a speeding Lionel Santa Fe brings.

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