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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 Santa Fe 6 19109 10 11 12 13 128 138 Passenger Set New In Box

$202.73
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O Lionel SANTA FE DASH 8 FREIGHT TRAIN SET Item 6 11713 NIB C9 JL

$213.55
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Lionel Santa Fe Super Chief Streamliner Passenger Set of 3 6 30178

$99.99
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AMERICAN FLYER BY LIONEL 48944 SANTA FE 4 CAR PASSENGER SET MINT W8

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LIONEL POST WAR SANTA FE 2353 F 3 ABA DIESEL SET EXC ALL ORIGINAL

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Lionel 1951 2175 W Santa Fe Set Complete C 7

$745.00
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LIONEL 30178 SANTA FE CHIEF PASSENGER SET BOX ONLY FREE SHIPPING

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17402 SF Gondola Santa Fe Lionel 1990 11713 Dash 8 set BREAK UP 0 Gauge x770

$10.50
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18206 Santa FE 8206 Lionel 1990 11713 Dash 8 set BREAK UP 0 Gauge x773

$48.00
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Santa fe Passenger set 5 c ars 16060 16092 16055 16058 Lionel 0 Gauge x763

$50.95
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LIONEL 71 1171 202 EMPTY SANTA FE DASH 8 FREIGHT TRAIN SET BOX INSERTS

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HALLMARK 2011 LIONEL SANTA FE SUPER CHIEF MINIATURE ORNAMENT SET

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LIONEL 7 11193 SANTA FE FREIGHT SET G GAUGE TRAIN WIRELESS REMOTE

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1996 Lionel Santa Fe Special 6 11900 Electric Train Set 0 027 Diecast Metal

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Lionel G Scale Frontier Freight Electric Train Set Brass Track Santa Fe 5104

$99.99
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LIONEL 19109 SANTA FE 7 CAR PASSENGER SET C10

$595.00
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O GAUGE VINTAGE LIONEL SANTA FE PASSENGER SET NIB NEVER BEEN USED LOOK

$179.88
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Postwar Lionel O Gauge Santa Fe Blue Stripe Passenger Car Set 2412

$14.99
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Postwar Lionel O Gauge Santa Fe Blue Stripe Passenger Car Set 2414

$17.00
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Lionel 6 38342 Set 1619W Santa Fe Alco Freight Set New Unopened Mint In Box

$270.00
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LIONEL 27767 SANTA FE 4 CAR SET 3 PASSENGER 1 US MAIL CAR

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LIONEL 18130 SANTA FE AB F 3 SET L N WITH SHIPPING CARTON

$395.00 Buy It Now
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LIONEL 11711 SANTA FE F 3 ABA SET C10

$395.00
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Lionel The Chief Santa Fe Train set

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Lionel Santa Fe Freight 027 Gauge Electric Train Set Unopened 6 1383

$99.99
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Lionel Santa Fe 2353 F 3 Passenger Set 2534 2531 2532 2533

$400.00
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1950S LIONEL TRAIN SET W SANTA FE SWITCH ENGINE NO 623 Lot 91

$2.00
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Lionel 30178 Santa Fe Super Chief Passenger Set w RailSounds RTR Conv new

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LIONEL 6 30178 SANTA FE CHIEF PASSENGER TRAIN SET

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Lionel O Scale Santa Fe SF U28CG Diesel Engine 6 28249 From 6 31748 Set TMCC NEW

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Lionel O Guage Santa Fe Set 8644 Steam Locomotive with Many Extras

$75.00
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LIONEL POST WAR SANTA FE 220 LOCOMOTIVE SET

$140.00
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LIONEL POSTWAR ALCO SANTA FE AB DIESEL SET 8020 8021 ORIGINAL PAIR

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1992 Lionel Santa Fe Special Train complete Set with paperwork 6 11720 NIB

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1992 Lionel Santa Fe Special Train complete Set with paperwork 6 11720

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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.