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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 6 34568 Santa Fe Alco PA AA set with Legacy control

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Lionel 2343 Santa Fe Diesel set F 3A F 3B and F 3A 6 18128 6 18136 and 6 18134

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LIONEL 1990 SANTA FE TRAIN SET BOX 547571

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1959 1963 Lionel Trains Santa Fe 218 Diesel Locomotive A A Set HE83

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Vintage 1950s Lionel Train Lines Santa Fe Passenger Car Set 2412 2414 2416 HE82

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Lionel 6 18117 Santa Fe Blue Yellow F3 AA Diesel Set Box

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LIONEL 9 1632 Santa Fe Freight Set 7 Pieces with Switcher Loco LN

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Lionel Santa Fe Super Chief Train Set Manuals Booklets Instructions set of 4

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LIONEL 81219 SANTA FE LEGACY SCALE E8 DIESEL AA SET NIB W FACT SHIPPER

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

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LIONEL 2404 2405 2406 SANTA FE 3 CAR PASSENGER CAR SET 1964 65

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LIONEL POST WAR SET 2190W SANTA FE SUPER SPEEDLINER PASS SET EX W BOXES

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LIONEL 31748SANTA FE U28 CG FREIGHT SET TMCC

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Lionel 6 17741 ATSF Santa Fe Map Slogan Steel Sided Reefer 5 Car Set

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Lionel 6 17758 ATSF Santa Fe Map Slogan Steel Sided Reefer 3 Car Set

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Lionel 6 21974 Santa Fe Passenger Starter Set Ready To Run NEW in Original Box

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LIONEL 2190W SANTA FE TWIN DIESEL PASSENGER TRAIN WITH HORN SET ORIGINAL BOX

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LIONEL TRAIN SET SANTA FE 634 SWICHER SET

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HALLMARK 2011 LIONEL SANTA FE SUPER CHIEF MINIATURE ORNAMENT SET

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Lionel Santa Fe 6 8872 and 6 8873 engine set

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LIONEL 6 1632 SSS Santa Fe Work Train RTR Set

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Vintage Lionel Santa Fe Twin Diesel Train Set and accesories

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

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Lionel Junction Santa Fe Steam Train Set O Gauge

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Lionel 8100 8102 Santa Fe F3 AA Diesel Set Custom Painted

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Lionel 2383 PostWar O O 27 Santa Fe F3 AA Diesel Set With Boxes

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

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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 38365 38379 SANTA FE BLACK BONNET F 3 ABA SET

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

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LIONEL 18128 18134 SANTA FE WARBONNET F 3 AA SET

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1950 1952 Lionel Trains Santa Fe 2343 F3 Diesel Locomotive A B A Set HG28

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LIONEL 31742 SANTA FE PWC SET ABA W 7 PASSENGER CARS C10 MINT

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LIONEL 6 11713 Santa Fe Dash 6 Car Freight Set 1990

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BRAND NEW Lionel Modern 6 14536 Santa Fe F3 AA Diesel Set with Railsounds

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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.