The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway was founded in 1860 to connect the towns of Atchison (the eastern terminus was quickly changed to Topeka) Kansas, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, although the line technically ended just south of Santa Fe in Lamy. By the 20th century, the Santa Fe, as it’s commonly called, stretched from Chicago to San Francisco, with routes south to Galveston, Texas, and north to Salt Lake City, Utah.

Model-train enthusiasts like to collect Santa Fe locomotives and passenger cars for their history as well as their style. Foremost among these are the F-series locomotives that appeared after World War II, with their warbonnet paint scheme in red and silver, accented by yellow. These engines pulled Super Chief and El Capitan trains along its popular Chicago-to-Los Angeles route.

One of of the many model-train manufacturers that produced the Santa Fe F3 diesel locomotive was Lionel, which introduced its O-gauge version in 1948. Until then, kids had only East Coast and Midwestern trains to play with, but the Santa Fe F3, model number 2333, became the Lionel to own. In the 1950s, the locomotive was upgraded and its model number was changed to 2343.

Other model-train manufacturers whose Santa Fe stock is popular with collectors include American Flyer, Kato, Athearn, and MTH, There are also brass trains bearing the Santa Fe logo imported from Japan and Korea by Hallmark, Westside, Key, and others.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Airfix Model Railways

Airfix Model Railways

Dave McCarthy's Airfix Model Railway treasure trove is an in-depth archive of the company's plastic railway kits fr… [read review or visit site]

Gateway NMRA

Gateway NMRA

This great reference site for model railroaders, from the Gateway (St. Louis) division of the NMRA (National Model … [read review or visit site]

HOseeker.net

HOseeker.net

This site is a treasure trove of HO scale model railroad manufacturer catalogs and other reference information, inv… [read review or visit site]

Postwar Lionel Trains Library

Postwar Lionel Trains Library

Bernie Schulz’s Lionel Trains Library focuses exclusively on postwar Lionel trains and accessories. The site cont… [read review or visit site]

Eric's Trains

Eric's Trains

Eric Siegel's site displays his collection of O-gauge/O-scale trains, tracks, turntables, and other accessories. A … [read review or visit site]

Tech Model Railroad Club of MIT

Tech Model Railroad Club of MIT

MIT's model railroad club, as one might expect, has one of the best websites for learning about how people play wit… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Lot 586 - Lionel O Gauge - Santa Fe F3 Diesel A-a Unit Set No. 2343 American Flyer The Chief Santa Fe A-b-a Locomotive SetUsa Trains G Guage Locomotives, Pa/pb/pa, C-6 Very Good, Santa Fe Warbonnet 2002Brass Katsumi Mokeiten Co. Ho Atsf 2-10-10-2Hallmark Ho Brass Santa Fe Atsf 3129 Class 2-8-2 Mikado Upgraded! Nwsl, MashimaBrass Dong Jin Ho Atsf Madam Queen 2-10-4American Flyer The Chief Santa Fe Passenger CarsPfm Brass Santa Fe #5011 Texas 2-10-4 - Unpainted - Ho Scale - Pacific Fast MailLionel Trains Rare Santa Fe Diesel Engine Set Blue Red Yellow 1957 Postwar #204Custom Brass/ktm Ho Brass Santa Fe 1800 Prairie 2-6-2 Steam Engine - BoxedUsa Trains Baggage Car, Rolling Stock, C-7 Excellent, Atsf "super Chief"Usa Trains Vista Dome Car, Rolling Stock, Atsf "super Chief", C-7 Excellent K-line O Scale Train Atsf Pacific Diecast Steam Engine And Tender Real- SoundsUsa Trains R31004 Sleeper, C-7 Excellent, Rolling Stock, Atsf "super ChiefVtg Brass Ho Sunset Models Santa Fe 0-8-0 Class 825 Train Engine Nos (1 Of 100s)Ho Athearn Genesis G62631 Atsf #2855 Gp7 Diesel W/ Dcc & Sound Santa FeAtheran Genesis Santa Fe F7 Warbonnet #311 A Dc/dcc Tsunami Sound PassengerLionel Santa Fe F3 Diesel AaSet Of Two Williams 0/027 Gauge F-7 Santa Fe Aa Diesel Engines, O.b.Lionel Santa Fe 5-car Aluminum Passenger Set, 6-19110,11,13,28,38 Used OnceMarx Santa Fe Lighted Passenger Cars 3152-3152-3197 Clean Silver Must SeeLionel Santa Fe 11711 Set And 7 Cars -- Brand New / No ReserveUsa Trains Combine Car, Rolling Stock, C-7 Excellent, Atsf "super Chief"American Model Toys Inc. O Scale Train Lot Of 4 Aluminum Santa Fe Passenger Cars#ltd Toy Stamp & 1960s Lionel Santa Fe Train Set W Diesel Engine No 218Lionel O Gauge #2343 Santa Fe A S Diesel EnginesAmerican Flyer 24225 Santa Fe Hopper 1960 Kleer-pakUsa Trains R31000 Observation Car, C-7 Excellent, Rolling Stock, Atsf Super ChieHo Scale Brass Pfm United Atsf #2912 4-8-4 Steam & Tender Damaged Santa FeBnsf 9853 Sd70mac Dc & Dcc & Sound Kato 37-6404 Ho Scale [f26.4]At&sf Flatcar W Terra Gator Dry LoadMarx Santa Fe Diesel #1095 Powered A Unit & #1095 Dummy A Must SeeLionel 2383 Santa Fe F3 Diesel Aa Units In Boxes! #2383t & #2383p *tested*United Brass Ho Pacific Fast Mail Santa Fe 2-10-4 Locomotive & Tender NosKato #37-1203 C44-9w, Santa Fe Atsf #600 Locomotive Ho Scale MibHo Mth Bnsf Sd70ace Diesel For 3 Rail Ac W/dcc Sound 80-2255-5Original Postwar Lionel No. 2343 Santa Fe F3 Aa Dual Motor Diesel Set - 1952Broadway Limited Ho Atsf Class 3800 2-10-2 Locomotive #3869 Dc Dcc Sound 2191Brass Kojim (kyongdong) Ho Atsf Gas Electric Doodle BugMth Rail King Santa Fe Gp-20 Diesel Engine 30-2780-1 Proto Sound 2.0American Flyer No. 360-364 Santa Fe Pa/pb Diesel Set In Original Boxes !Lionel O Gauge 6-24589 Santa Fe Aba Diesel Set C-8, Nice! Tmcc Odyssey 2 MotorsUnited Scale Models Ho Scale 4-8-4 Santa Fe Brass Locomotive & Tender 3780 JapanAmerican Flyer S Gauge 360-361 Santa Fe Diesel Engine Decals Near PerfectAmerican Flyer S Gauge 472 Santa Fe Pa/pb Diesel Engine Excellent Complete Frame And Motor Assembly For #2353 Lionel Santa Fe - Needs Wiring1958 Lionel Postwar Santa Fe F3 Aa Diesels-2383 P 2383 T-original Boxes-nice***lionel 204 Santa Fe Alcos***Lionel Postwar O-ga 2353 Santa Fe F3 Powered A Unit Only - Not Quite RightAzl Bnsf Sd75i Rd# 8294 Z Scale Out Of ProductionK-line Atsf Warbonnet Aluminum Tank Car Set Of 4 Mint In BoxAmerican Flyer S Gauge 21927 Santa Fe Pa/pb Diesel EngineBurlington Bnsf Bi-level Gallery Commuter Cars 6 Window / Three Brothers Mfg.Vintage Ho Rivarossi At&sf 2-8-8-2 Articulated Mallet Like New Look!Marx Santa Fe O Scale Gauge Locomotive & Dummy Unit #16/17Lionel Post War # 2353 Santa Fe F-3 Dummy “a” UnitSanta Fe Super Chief Turquoise Room Dinner Plate . Rare !Lionel Set #1567w Santa Fe 2243 Ab With 4 Cars & Caboose, From 1956 Nice Lionel 38231 Santa Fe Ft Diesel At&sf #162 With Rtr Railsounds New In Box :)Ho 1/87 Custom Built Husky Oil Refinery & Tank Cp Cn Bcr Cpr Up Bnsf Conrail