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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 Santa Fe Super Chief Complete R T R Train Set Item No 6 11739 O Gauge

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LIONEL POST WAR 2343 SANTA FE A A SET UNUSED

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Lionel G Scale Frontier Freight Electric Train Set Brass Track Santa Fe 5104

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Lionel 11711 Santa Fe Warbonnet ABA Set C10 Mint Brand New Sealed Last One

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LIONEL SANTA FE SURFLINER ALUMINUM 4 CAR PASSENGER SET 6 19177 76 78 79

$275.00
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LIONEL SANTA FE PASSENGER 4 PACK train set classic box empty 6 27767 BOX ONLY

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Lionel Santa Fe RS 3 Remote Scout Train Freight Set 6 30207

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LIONEL SANTA FE FLYER train set box empty 6 31958 BOX ONLY

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LIONEL SANTA FE ALUMINUM PASSENGER CARS SET OF 7

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Lionel Santa Fe U28CG Standard O Freight Set TMCC U28CG 7909 Item 6 31748

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LIONEL 11711 SANTA FE F 3 PASSENGER SET WITH 7 CARS C10

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Lionel 0 O27 Work Caboose Set 3 Variations Santa Fe 9085 1970s

$12.50
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Lionel 11838 Santa Fe Warhorse Set Factory Sealed

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

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LIONEL SANTA FE BABY MADISON COACH 1970 o gauge train 6 81778 passenger 6 81741

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LIONEL SANTA FE BABY MADISON DINER 1465 o gauge train 6 81778 passenger 6 81780

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New In Box O O 27 Gauge K Line Lionel Santa Fe Steam Chief Passenger Train Set

$205.00
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LIONEL 6 30178 SANTA FE SUPER CHIEF DIESEL SET CW 80 SEALED

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2001 Lionel Santa Fe 6 21786 Collectors Edition Train Set C 9 Factory New

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Lionel 6 30028 True Value Santa Fe Freight O Scale Train Set New in Box

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1978 Santa Fe Double Diesel Lionel Train Set

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1992 Lionel Santa Fe Special Train complete Set with paperwork 6 11720 NIB

$99.99
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Lionel O Gauge 6 24589 Santa Fe ABA Diesel set C 8 NICE TMCC Odyssey 2 Motors

$499.99
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NEW LIONEL SANTA FE SCALE TRAIN PASSENGER COMPLETE SET RAIL ROAD O 27 6 21973

$96.00
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Lionel Santa Fe Passenger 2 Car Set Red Stripe Lighted Extremely Nice

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Lionel Postwar 2343 Santa Fe F3 AA Set

$199.99
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1978 LIONEL 6 8803 Santa Fe Steam Train Set Engine Tender with 3 Cars O27

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

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Lionel 2333 Santa Fe F3 AA Diesel Set

$127.50
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Lionel Santa Fe 2353 F3 Diesel Powered Trains Locomotive Post War Set w Boxes

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LIONEL 11713 SANTA FE DASH 8 40B DIESEL FREIGHT SET

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Lionel Santa Fe Blue Stripe 3 Passenger Car Set 2412 2414 2416

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Lionel 1950 Train Set No 2175W with 2343 Santa Fe AA Diesels and 5 cars

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LIONEL 12730 SANTA FE SET 1964

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LIONEL 24121216 SANTA FE BLUE STRIPE PASSENGER 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.