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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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ORIG POSTWAR LIONEL 634 NW SANTA FE 5 UNIT FREIGHT SET 11530 EX+LN OB 1965

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Lionel Santa Fe Limited Model Train Set Includes Boxcar With RailSounds

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10 Lionel Santa Fe Double Diesel Train Set Missing Tracks Has Powersupply

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LIONEL 6 81741 SANTA FE BABY MADISON COACH 1970 ADD ON train passenger NEW

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LIONEL 6 81780 SANTA FE BABY MADISON DINER 1465 ADD ON train passenger NEW

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LIONEL 18130 SANTA FE WARBONNET F 3 ABA SET W 19180 4 CAR PASSENGER SET

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Lionel HO Trains Set Bachman Santa Fe Diesel Engine Bachman

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LIONEL 6 11713 Santa Fe Dash 8 40B 6 Car Freight Set W Sounds 1990 LN

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Lionel Santa Fe Freight Service Station Set 6 1632 New unopened box 1986

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Lionel Conventional Classics 6 27767 Santa Fe 4 Car Passenger Set O Gauge NIB

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LIONEL 6 81621 JOHN DEERE BILLBOARD SET 6 37176 SANTA FE SHANTY

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LIONEL BOX ONLY 6 30178 SANTA FE CHIEF PASSENGER SET BOX ONLY

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Lionel 2526W 1958 Santa Fe Passenger Set w 2383 2530 2531 2532 OB DAKOTApaul

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LIONEL 6 18130 SANTA FE 2343 F 3 AB LOCOMOTIVE SET

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BOX ONLY LIONEL SANTA FE PASSENGER 4 PACK train set classic empty 6 27767 BOX

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BACHMANN HO TRAIN SANTA FE FLYER LIMITED EDITION SET TOY HOBBY AA00647 LIONEL

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LIONEL SANTA FE FLYER train set box empty 6 31958 BOX ONLY

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LOT Original Vintage Lionel Train Set Santa Fe James Gang Some Restoration Needs

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LIONEL 19651 SANTA FE LIGHTED BUNK CAR FOR O GAUGE TOY TRAIN SET OR COLLECTION

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Lionel 6 18130 Santa Fe A B Set 6 18128 6 18129 With TMCC RS OBsShipper

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SEALED SET OF 3 LIONEL TRAIN PUZZLES TEXAS SPECIAL SANTA FE 20961 20964 20957

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1948 49 2333 Lionel Santa Fe A A with passenger train set

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Lionel 6 14588 Santa Fe F3 ABA Set In Original Boxes and Plastic

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Vintage Postwar Lionel O Gauge No218 Santa Fe Alco Diesel Engine Set Magne Trac

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Lionel Santa Fe A B B B A set 1171118115 Lot 308

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Lionel 18117 18121 Santa Fe F3 ABA Set Lot 306

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Lionel 21973 Santa Fe passenger set with Railsounds Lot 239

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Lionel Santa Fe FT A A 18157 set Lot 11

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Lionel 1632 SSS Santa Fe work train set Mint Lot 336

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Lionel Santa Fe Dash 8 40B Set 11713 Lot 330

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Lionel 2570 Set Five Car 616 Santa Fe NW 2 Husky Diesel Freight

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Lionel Junction Santa Fe Steam Train Set O Gauge

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LIONEL SANTA FE BABY MADISON COACH 1970 o gauge train 6 81778 passenger 6 81741

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LIONEL SANTA FE BABY MADISON DINER 1465 o gauge train 6 81778 passenger 6 81780

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LIONEL25302561 2562 2563 SANTA FE 4 CAR PASSENGER SET

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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.