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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 New 6 30091 Santa Fe Freight Set 0 8 0 Diecast Steam Loco Ready to Run

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LIONEL POSTWAR 12730 SANTA FE F 3 DIESEL FREIGHT SET CIRCA 1964 VG EXC+ SET BOX

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Lionel 62048 Santa Fe Train Set battery operated G gauge train set EC

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LIONEL TRAINS SANTA FE DIESEL SHELL SET POSTWAR 2343 3 ORIGINAL PORTHOLE COVERS

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

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+LIONEL SANTA FE MINT 1990 COLLECTOR SET 6 11713 LIMITED

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Cats Meow Village LIONEL ELECTRIC SANTA FE PASSENGER SET OF 6 New in Box

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LIONEL 6 30178 SANTA FE SF SUPER CHIEF DIESEL ENGINE PASSENGER TRAIN SET O GAUGE

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LIONEL 9348 SANTA FE OPERATING CRANE CAR FROM FARR1 TRAIN SET OF 1979 ONLY NICE

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LIONEL 18130 SANTA FE SUPER CHIEF ABA F 3 SETW 19180 4 CAR PASSENGER SET

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LIONEL TRAINS 1953 POSTWAR SANTA FE B UNIT FOR ENGINE SET W ORIGINAL BOX USA

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

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LIONEL HO SANTA FE PASSENGER SET 0712 0713 0714 0715

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LIONEL PART 6672 SANTA FE REEFER METAL DOOR GUIDE SET W RIVETS NEW H36

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Lionel Santa Fe El Capital SEVEN Car Pass Set MOB RARE AND VERY HARD TO FIND

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LIONEL EX SANTA FE 2353 F3 AA DIESEL LOCO SET

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LIONEL EX MATCHING 2383 SANTA FE DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE SET

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SANTA FE LIONEL 8351 O27 GAUGE ELECTRIC TRAIN SET IN BOX WITH EXTRAS

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LIONEL 4 CAR SANTA FE SUPER CHIEF ALUMINUM PASSENGER SET OB

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Lionel Postwar 2175W Santa Fe Diesel Freight Set 2343 F3 AA OB 1951 O Gauge

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LIONEL 38365 SANTA FE BLACK BONNET F 3 AA SET

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Lionel Santa Fe 1393 Sears Set Complete Used C 7

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Lionel 204 Santa Fe Alco A A Diesels w all Boxes and Set Box and Instructions

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LIONEL TRAINS 1953 POSTWAR SANTA FE ENGINE SET W ORIGINAL BOXES USA

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LIONEL 2343P 2343C 2343T SANTA FE F3 A B A SET W OB RUNS LOOK VERY NICE SET

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

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Lionel Santa fe special freight set 6 11900 Plus Three Illuminated Cars C 8

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Lionel 6 36574 Santa Fe Square Window Caboose 2006 C9 From Southwest Desert Set

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Vintage Set Lionel O Work Caboose DLW 6119 Santa Fe 6130 SP 2257 Caboose 1950s

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Lionel The Santa Fe Special 5 Unit Electric Train Set 6 11720 LNIB

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LIONEL 31742 SANTA FE SUPER CHIEF PWC F 3 PASSENGER SET

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LIONEL 18130 SANTA FE SUPER CHIEF ABA F 3 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.