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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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2011 Hallmark Lionel Train Santa Fe Super Chief Set of 3 Miniature Ornaments

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Lionel Modern 6 19176 19177 19178 17979 Santa Fe Aluminum Passenger Car Set

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Lionel 11711 Santa Fe F3 ABA set Lot 192

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Lionel Santa Fe F3 AA set 18117 Lot 120

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1963 PAPER AD Lionel Toy Electric Train Set Santa Fe 6 Car AA Diesel Die Cast

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Lionel Santa Fe Locomotive Set 2383 and 2330

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LIONEL Santa Fe Diesels Set

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LIONEL 6 17741 SANTA FE MAP SLOGAN STEEL SIDED REEFER 5 CAR SET O SCALE TRAIN

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

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Lionel 11713 Santa Fe Dash 8 40B Set

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LIONEL POST WAR SET 2151W 2333 SANTA FE F 3 FREIGHT SET BOXED SET BOXED EXC

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

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

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Lionel 52197 Santa Fe GP 9 Diesel 2380 w SignalSounds ARTRAIN set series

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Lionel 208 Santa Fe Alco AA Diesel Locomotive Set

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Lionel Postwar O gauge 2281W 819 Santa Fe 2243 Freight Set w Origina Lot 916

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Lionel four car Aluminum Santa Fe red strip passenger set 2563 2562 Lot 1014

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Lionel 212 Santa Fe AA set with 2404 2405 and 2406 SF cars Lot 811

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Lionel boxed 1567W Santa Fe freight set Lot 1082

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Beautiful Lionel 2234W boxed 2353 Santa Fe F3 aluminum passenger set Lot 902

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Lionel 1649 boxed Santa Fe Alco set Lot 1078

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LIONEL SANTA FE 3 CAR PASSENGER STREAMLINER SET O GAUGE MINT

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Lionel MPC Set No 6 1383 in OB Complete except for the Santa Fe Alco

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LIONEL SANTA FE O GAUGE 218 RECENTLY SERVICED 7 PC SET NICE

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Vintage Lionel Train Santa Fe Battery Powered Freight Set Model 7 11193

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O Scale Lionel SANTA FE Surfliner San Diegan 4 Car Set Set with FT Locomotive

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Lionel G Gauge Santa Fe Train Set Rare In Box

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LIONEL 6 81739 O Santa Fe Baby Madison 3 Car Set ComboCoachObs w Lights NEW

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LIONEL SEARS SANTA FE 1973 boxed set 6 1393

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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.