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    

Mth Premier Atsf/santa Fe Alco S-2 Diesel Engine With Ps2 #20-2499-1Mth Railking Atsf/santa Fe Alco Rs-1 Diesel Engine With Ps2 #30-2737-1Lionel 2343p 2343c & 2343t Santa Fe F3 A-b-a Set W/ob Runs Look Very Nice SetMth Railking Atsf/santa Fe Nw-2 Switcher Diesel Engine With Ps2 #30-20018-1Sunset Models Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe #1971 Class Brass 2-8-0 Steam LocomotiLionel Postwar Santa Fe F3 AaMth Premier Atsf/santa Fe Fairbanks Morse H10-44 Diesel With Ps1 #mt-2077lpLionel Trains 1953 Postwar Santa Fe Engine Set W Original Boxes Usa !American Flyer Units - With Santa Fe And Other Units (6 Pieces)Lgb 20570 Santa Fe F7 Dc Diesel Locomotive Ln/boxMth Dap Atsf/santa Fe Warbonnet Caboose #20-80002cN-scale Lifelike Erie Built Diesel Locomotive A & B Units At & Sf *sealed*Lionel O-scale 2243 Santa Fe Gm Diesel Electric F3b Toy LocomotiveMth Railking Atsf/santa Fe Nw-2 Switcher Calf Engine (unpowered) #30-20018-3Lionel 2343 Boxed Santa Fe TrainsAristo-craft 22310-3 G Scale Santa Fe Alco Fb-1 Diesel Locomotive Ln/boxTwo Bnsf Exactrail Thrall 63' Centerbeam Flatcars, Burlington Northern Santa FePrecision Scale Alco Rsd-5 - Santa Fe Atsf - 2-rail, BrassBrass Imports O Sunset 2 Rail Santa Fe (ex-b&m) 2-8-4 F/p Litno Reserve3 Williams Fp-45 Santa Fe Warbonnet Aaa Set 100 Powered 102 Sound Unit 102 Dummy22 Piece Lot Of "n" Scale Passenger Cars & Engines, Union Pacific, Santa Fe, EctWeaver O Gauge # 4998 Santa Fe Warbonnet Emd Sd40-2 Diesel Loco And BoxUsa Trains Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Flat Car W/ Peterbilt TrailerOverland Models Ho Brass At&sf Rotary Snow Plow, GwKato Ho Three Bnsf Swoosh Gunderson Maxi-iv Double Stack Container Cars Lionel Santa Fe Locomotive U28-cg New In BoxKey Imports Santa Fe 4-8-4 NorthernAthearn Genesis Santa Fe F3 Abba Set Dcc Sound Soundtraxx Power Pro Ho AtsfAristo-craft 21411 Pacific 4-6-2 Locomotive Atsf Santa Fe In Box With TenderOverland Models, Inc. Atsf Cf-7 Blue/yellowAthearn Genesis G6455 Ho Sd70mac Bnsf #8862 Heritage Ii Scheme Dcc-readyHo Brass Hallmark Santa Fe M-160 Gas ElectricLionel Trains 1953 Postwar Santa Fe "b" Unit For Engine Set W Original Box Usa !Usa Trains G Scale Santa Fe Atsf Shock Control Boxcar No 146310 W/ Metal WheelsHo Scale Santa Fe 2-10-2 Steam Locomotive With Dcc And Sound Installed By MehanoBowser Ho 23836 U25b Dcc Loksound Atsf # 1609Athearn Ho 91568 Gp-60b Slug Unit Locomotive, At&sf 325, PlHo Rivarossi Hudson 4-6-4 Locomotive, Santa Fe #3460 (199)Overland Models Inc. Bnsf C44-9w Factory Painted #975United Imports Pacific Fast Mail Atsf 2-8-4 Berkshire PaintedBowser Executive Line # 23836 U25b Atsf Santa Fe #1609 Dcc & LoksoundLot Of Ho 1/87 Scale Trains - (2) Santa Fe, Jupiter, Central Pacific, Mobil, EtcBrass Glacier Park Models Santa Fe 4-6-4 Tender #3464 3460 Class At&sf GpmUnited Santa Fe 4-8-4 Engine Only!Ho Kato C44-9w Dash 8 Santa Fe Road No. 600 Dc (ps137) Bowser Ho 23834 U25b Dcc Loksound Atsf # 1606N Scale Atlas Classic 46509 Santa Fe #3305 Gp35 Diesel Locomotive At&sfSanta Fe Lionel 8351 O27 Gauge Electric Train Set In Box With ExtrasHo Trains 13 Pieces Lot Santa Fe Kellogg's 1776 H.o. Engine Railroad Cars BidLgb G Scale Santa Fe Tankcar #41870 (bst 8-0884) Bachmann Ho No.705 2-8-0 Consolidation With Smoke Santa Fe Locomotive In BoxWalthers 932-10502 Acf 70' Heavyweight Baggage Car Santa Fe W Free Ship! Ho Con-cor Aerotrain 3 Car Add On Pack Santa Fe (the San Diegan) LiveryHo Scale Kit Lbf Co 1806-4 Atsf Santa Fe General Dynamics Skybox Flat Car 90427Lionel 2343t Santa Fe F3 A-unit Dummy Nice Engine LookBowser Executive Line 23834 U25b Atsf Santa Fe #1606 Dcc & LosoundN Scale Kato Santa Fe Ge C44-9w #653 ExcellentUsa Trains G Scale 40' Boxcar Santa Fe Atsf 41528 With Metal Wheels Axles Exc.Bowser Baldwin Ds4-4-1000 Atsf Tiger Stripe 2262 With Tsunami SoundLionel Train Postwar Santa Fe Railroad Reefer Car 6672