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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 1085 Santa Fe set 1971 80208021 cars loco serviced lot 8619

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LIONEL 2175W SANTA FE DIESEL FREIGHT SET 2343 SANTE FE F3 AA ENGINE

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Lionel Santa Fe Double Diesel 6 1884 Vintage Train Set 1978 1979

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70s Lionel No8020 Illuminated Santa Fe Alco Diesel A Unit 5 PC Freight Set

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1988 Lionel G scale FRONTIER FREIGHT SANTA FE Train Set 8 81002 NEW SEALED

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VINTAGE RETRO LIONEL SANTA FE TRAIN SET METAL TIN SIGN Locomotive railroad line

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Lionel 6 38342 Santa Fe Alco AA Conventional Classic Freight Set

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Lionel O 6 30178 Santa Fe Super Chief Passenger Train Set with Rail Sounds

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antique 1965 Lionel train Set 11530 5 Unit Santa Fe Diesel Freight w Box atsf

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Vintage 1956 60 Lionel Train Set Original Over 100 pieces Santa Fe Engine

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Lionel 1651 Santa Fe Passenger Train Set Box O O27 Gauge Postwar 1961

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MTH Trains Santa Fe RDC Budd Car Set w Proto Sound NO RES Lionel Atlas K Line

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Lionel Santa Fe Hi Level SIX Car Passenger Set MOB RARE AND VERY HARD TO FIND

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LIONEL SANTA FE FREIGHT 0 8 0 steam set engine train set empty 6 30091 BOX ONLY

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Lionel Three 3 Diesel Set 2343 Santa Fe F3 ABA 6 18128 6 18129 plus 6 18134

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Lionel Santa Fe Scout Freight Set

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

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Lionel Santa Fe G Gauge Train Set

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LIONEL SANTA FE ALUMINUM PASSENGER CARS SET in Original Boxs Lot of 5

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CATS MEOW SANTA FE PASSENGER SET 6 PIECE PASSENGER TRAIN SET BOXED LIONEL

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027 lionel train set santa fe CHIEF

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

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LIONEL 18130 SANTA FE SUPER CHIEF ABA F 3 SET

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LIONEL ATSF FLATCAR W PIGGYBACK TRAILERS 6 81028 o gauge santa fe flat 6 81660

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LIONEL 31742 SANTA FE SUPER CHIEF PWC F 3 PASSENGER SET

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Lionel Santa Fe Twin Lited Deisels HO Scale 200+ Piece Electric Train Set

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1991 lionel 027 santa fe 6 11720 complet set in orginal box with papers vintag

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Lionel 58595 58594 LOTS Santa Fe 2014 Warbonnet Crane Work Caboose Set

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LIONEL 6 39129 SANTA FE SF SUPERLINER 18 ALUMINUM PASSENGER TRAIN SET 4 PACK

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

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LIONEL SANTA FE POST WAR PASSENGER SET NO RESERVE

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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.