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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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Set of 3 Lionel Fine Pewter Train Ornaments Old 7 Scale Hudson

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Lionel 31748 U28CG Standard O santa fe freight set

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Lionel Southwest Special Freight Santa Fe Train Set NEW Complete 6 30022

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Lionel Santa Fe 2353 F3 Diesel Powered Trains Locomotive Post War Set w Boxes

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Lionel Santa Fe Freight Train Set Electric O Gauge PowerMax Transformer loco car

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LIONEL 38365 38379 SANTA FE BLACK BONNET ABA F 3 SET C 10

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1961 62 LIONEL O GAUGE SEARS ROEBUCK SET9673 DEPART STORE SPECIAL SANTA FE

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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 2353 Santa Fe F 3 ABA Diesel Set and Non Powered 2343 B Unit

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Lionel O Scale FasTrack Toy Santa Fe Flyer Freight Steam Locomotive 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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LIONEL POST WAR EXCEPTIONAL 2227W SANTA FE TWIN DIESEL FREIGHT SET EX+ IN BOX

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LIONEL 2190W SANTA FE ALUMINUM PASSENGER CAR SET BOX ONLY ORIGINAL

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Lionel Santa Fe F3 AB 18130 Tmcc Set

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Lionel Santa Fe Super Chief Streamliner Passenger Set of 3 6 30178

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LIONEL HIGH GRADE BOXED SANTA FE 2383 F3 AA DIESEL LOCO SET

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LIONEL SANTA FE 6 11711 F3 ABA DIESEL LOCO SET NEW

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Model Trains Lionel 6 18154 Deluxe Santa Fe FT Diesel AA Locomotive Set O Scale

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LIONEL ALCO DIESEL 8020 made in America chassis santa fe passenger car set

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O Gauge Lionel Santa Fe F 3 AA Diesel set 2343 6 38312 working used gb ja

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O Gauge Lionel Santa Fe 5 car Blue Stripe Passenger car set lighted used gb ja

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Lionel Train Set Santa Fe Scientific Toys RIOGRANDE G CABOOSE CAR 4067

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Lionel Santa Fe Special Owners Manual for Set 6 11900 Very Nice Condition

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Lionel O gauge SF set lot two Santa Fe Gp diesels 8250power 8255nonpower

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LIONEL O SCALE SANTA FE 2343 F 3 A B B SET

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LIONEL 7 11193 SANTA FE FREIGHT SET G GAUGE TRAIN SET BATTERY POWERED

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Lionel 2333 2343 Santa Fe AA set of 2 Diesels with 2 Dummy F3B Diesel units

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Lionel Chief Santa Fe O scale Train Set

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Lionel 6 18130 Santa Fe 2343 Set incl 6 18128 F3 A 6 18134 F3 B units

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

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Lionel Santa Fe Train Set

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Lionel 6 Car Train Set Santa Fe Freight Set 027 Gauge Vintage Rails

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lionel 212 Santa fe passenger set

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Lionel 6 30022 Southwest Diesel Freight Santa Fe Factory Sealed Train 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.