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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 SURFLINER ALUMINUM 4 CAR PASSENGER SET 6 19177 76 78 79

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LIONEL Archive Santa Fe Black Bonnet F3 ABA Diesel Set 6 38365 6 38379 NIB mk

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LIONEL 11711 SANTA FE F 3 PASSENGER SET WITH 7 CARS C10

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Lionel 11838 Santa Fe Warhorse Set Factory Sealed

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2011 Lionel Santa Fe Super Chief 3 piece set MINIATUREHallmark Ornaments

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Vintage LIONEL 204 Santa Fe Diesel Train Set w Cars Track Transformer

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

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Lionel 6 21973 Santa Fe Passenger Set RailSounds No Transformer

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Lionel 6 11900 Santa Fe Special Freight Set Complete Ready to Run

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Lionel Santa Fe freight set 1539W

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LIONEL 11713 1990 SANTA FE SET

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Lionel Set 1586 Santa Fe 204T 204P Alco Diesels 2 2432 + 1 2436

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Lionel 1953 Train Set No 2207W with 2353 Santa Fe ABA and 4 cars

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Lionel Santa Fe Fast Freight model train set 6 31985

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LIONEL BOXED SANTA FE 2383 F3 AA DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE SET

$425.70
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LIONEL EX BOXED MATCH SANTA FE 2353 F3 AA DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE SET

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Original Lionel 0 027 Gauge 2343 Santa Fe F 3 ABA Diesel Set

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RR RAILROAD SPIKE BOTTLE OPENER BEER LOCOMOTIVE TRAIN STATION RAIL ROAD CAR IRON

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Lionel Train Set Santa Fe Scientific Toys RIOGRANDE G CABOOSE CAR 4067

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

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

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Lionel O Sale Santa Fe Flyer Steam Model Train Freight Set 6 30173 Rail AQ

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Lionel 0 27 Gauge Santa Fe Passenger Model Train Set 6 21973

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PRR PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD PORCELAIN SIGN RR TRAIN STATION RAIL ROAD CAR KEYSTONE

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Lionel Train Set Santa Fe 2353 Locos Aluminum Passenger Cars Track ZW

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LIONEL HO POSTWAR 2 SETS SANTA FE FREIGHT PASSENGER SETS 5729 SET BOX

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LIONEL 27767 27772 27775 SANTA FE 7 CAR PASSENGER SET COMPLETE NEW

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Lionel Santa Fe RS 3 Remote Scout Train Freight Set 6 30207

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Lionel Santa Fe U28CG Standard O Freight Set TMCC U28CG 7909 Item 6 31748

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

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Lionel 6 30001 El Capitan Santa Fe Train Set

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A 2pc Set700E HUDSON1959 SANTA FE F3was part of Hallmarks Lionel Collectn

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LIONEL 31742 PWC 2544W SANTA FE SUPER CHIEF PASSENGER SET ALL ADD ON CARS

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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.