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Santa Fe F3s—colorful history of a toy train icon UN_243_Features:Layout 2 4/5/10 12:10 PM Page 66 Lineup of Lionel F3s from 1950 to 2010 Santa Fe F3s—colorful history of a toy train icon Because accurate color rendition is so critical for this article, none of the F3 images has been altered in any way within Photoshop to change the colors. The images were shot with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel camera under carefully controlled lighting conditions using multiple strobe lights. Saga of a Legend Lionel F3 Diesels — Rich saga of a legend Article by Ed Boyle Photos by Rich Melvin long-lived legend in 1948 when the company released the 2333 Santa Fe F3 A-A units. They were near scale, highly detailed, and powerful toy trains that set a new standard in fun and attractive- ness for 3-rail O gauge lovers of colorful, modern diesels. The 2343 A-As of 1950 became even more famous. Their refinements Lionel broke new ground and created the beginnings of a included the then revolutionary Magne-Traction to hold these powerful locomotives on the rails and help them pull even more cars on tubular track. The Santa Fe F3s were destined to be the longest running diesel engines in the postwar Lionel product lineup, being made in numerous versions for almost 20 years. No matter which vintage postwar Santa Fe F3 you owned, you could Lineup of Lionel F3s from 1950 to 2010 Because accurate color rendition is so critical for this article, none of the F3 images has been altered in any way within Photoshop to change the colors. The images were shot with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel camera under carefully controlled lighting conditions using multiple strobe lights. — Rich 1 saga of a legend 66 O G A U G E R A I L R O A D I N G J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 0 Article by Ed Boyle Photos by Rich Melvin Lionel broke new ground and created the beginnings of a long-lived legend in 1948 when the company released the 2333 This article appeared in Run 243, the June/July 2010 issue of O Gauge Railroading magazine. included the then revolutionary Magne-Traction to hold these powerful locomotives on the rails and help them pull even more

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