The Lionel O Scale 6-19180 Streamlined Surfliner Passenger Car Set Santa Fe is a set of four streamlined cars- two coaches, a diner, and an observation car. Streamlining became a popular cultural term in the 1930s- the idea to make things- everything from buildings to cars- aerodynamically. In the 1930s the Union Pacific and the Burlington pioneered in some new streamlined trains that used aluminum as a light-weight substitute for the steel "heavyweight" cars used up to that time. After World War II most railroads introduced new streamlined trains to dazzle the traveling public.
Road Name and History:
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway: The dream of Cyrus Holliday was a railroad to Santa Fe and the Pacific. Chartered in Kansas in 1859, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway slowly stretched its lines across Kansas, then on to Colorado and New Mexico. By 1883 the Santa Fe had reached Needles, CA, and with an agreement with Southern Pacific reached Los Angeles (Fulfilling a dream) in 1897. In 1886 Santa Fe purchased a line extending its reach to Texas. One huge investment was the 1907 completion of the Belen Cut-Off that saved the railroad the time and expense of Raton Pass. Well-managed and profitable, the Santa Fe was a leader among railroads, innovating with fast freight trains and glamorous passenger trains. The company became closely associated with the Romantic Southwest, a relationship it cultivated. Prosperous to the end, in 1995 with US rail systems consolidating Santa Fe joined Burlington Northern to form Burlington Northern & Santa Fe (Later BNSF).
Historic Note: The Santa Fe introduced the streamlined San Diegan on the busy 126 mile Los Angeles-San Diego line in 1938. This famous route, called the "Surf Line", was so named as the rail line hugged the Pacific Coast much of the way between these two great California cities. The name "San Diegan" survived into the Amtrak Era (1971) but in 2000 Amtrak adopted the name "Pacific Surfliner" with an extended route from San Diego to San Luis Obispo.
Details on this Set: Four 16" passenger cars including two coaches- "Grass Valley" and "Citrus Valley", the "Indian Arrow" diner, and the "Vista Heights" observation car.
Length (Per Car): 16"
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.