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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 18130 SANTA FE 2343 F 3 AB LOCOMOTIVE SET

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1996 Vintage Lionel O O27 Gauge Santa Fe Special Electric Train Set 6 11900

$82.00
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LIONEL SET OF 3 ILLUMINATED SANTA FE BLUE STRIPE PASSENGER CARS EX ORIG

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Marx Lot Train Set 1666 Engine O Gauge Lionel Lehigh Valley Erie Santa Fe NYC ++

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Lionel 8644 Santa Fe Train Set Works

$25.00
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Lionel 6 38342 Santa Fe Alco AA Conventional Classic Freight Set

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Lionel SANTA FE A B DIESEL SET WITH ORIGINAL BOXESNICE2243 TRAINS

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Lionel 8872 8873 Santa Fe SD18 Diesel Set SD18 Set 8872 8873 with OB

$130.00
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LIONEL 6 30178 SANTA FE SF SUPER CHIEF DIESEL ENGINE PASSENGER TRAIN SET O GAUGE

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LIONEL BOXED NEW 2383 SANTA FE F3 AA DIESEL LOCO SET

$293.00
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LIONEL HIGH GRADE 2343 SANTA FE F3 AA DIESEL LOCO SET

$294.00
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LIONEL SANTA FE BOXED 2353 F3 AA DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE SET

$172.50
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Lionel 19165 4 Car Aluminum Santa Fe Passenger Set Boxed

$130.00
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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 2234W SANTA FE PASSENGER SET 2353P2353T 253125322533

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LIONEL 11713 SANTA FE DASH 8 40B SET SEAL NIB C 10 DIESEL SET

$269.00
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Lionel 6 17760 ATSF Santa Fe reefer El Capitan from 3 car set NIB

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LIONEL POST WAR SANTA FE 220 LOCOMOTIVE SET

$100.00
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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 204 SANTA FE ALCOS IN BRICK BOXES PERFECT COWLS SUPER CLEAN SET

$150.00
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Lionel 19180 Atchison Topeka Santa Fe passeger set

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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 O 6 34568 34569 Santa Fe PA ABA Set Scale Diesel

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

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LIONEL 31742 SANTA FE SUPER CHIEF PWC F 3 PASSENGER SET

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Lionel 218 Santa Fe Alco AA Diesel Locomotive Set

$32.05
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LIONEL ATSF FLATCAR W PIGGYBACK TRAILERS 6 81028 o gauge santa fe flat 6 81660

$22.50
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LIONEL O GAUGE BLUE SILVER SANTA FE ATSF TRAIN SET

$79.99
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Lionel 2343 Santa Fe W Lionel Lines Passenger Set

$200.00
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Lionel O Gauge Santa Fe FA1 A 8861 B 8862 5 Freight Car Set

$79.95
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Lionel Santa Fe Twin Lited Deisels HO Scale 200+ Piece Electric Train Set

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

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Lionel Postwar Santa Fe F3 Military freight set Outfit 2574 Set Box

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

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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.