I recently came into possession of some older K-Line engines and passenger cars. Most of the pieces I have been able to locate on Ebay and other various sites for pricing. I have one set that I cannot find much on and wonder if anybody can give me some insight on the value. I have the Midnight Chief Santa Fe F3 ABA set, has command control with smoke and lights, but does not appear to have cruise. I also have the 4 car set of 18" passengers cars. All the cars have passenger figures. All pieces are new and have not been run.....yet....lol ! Debating if I am going to keep this set or let it go. Thanks for any help.
You can find - if you haven’t ready - the original retail prices in the Legacy K-Line Catalog Browser:
In that listing, the F3 A~B~A set is numbered K-25303TC and is not specifically described as the Midnight Chief although that is what it is. K-Line appears to have issued a total of 8 cars made up of the 4 car set I think you have and two 2 car add on sets. All the cars were 18” and aluminum body.
These models date from 2005 and were not cheap. I recall looking at them at the time and deciding that the price for what is essentially a fantasy scheme was too high. However, good quality K-Line engines and passenger cars are fairly sought-after. Can’t help on auction prices for a whole set but if you have seen the single cars that come up on auction, you’ll get an idea that they have more or less held their value.
If you run Santa Fe, keep the set.
It's a tremendous set - and sharp looking.
Not really big into fantasy sets, but it is pretty striking.
K-Line also made an 18" business observation car with the square back end and ornate railing as well as box cars, tankers and I believe hoppers and caboose. in what they called the Mid-Night Chief Black Bonnet scheme. And a smoking diner to boot!!
@Mark Zeigler posted:
K-Line also made an 18" business observation car with the square back end and ornate railing.
I also remember a business car called the Black Mesa. In around 2010 I think Lionel did a few Midnight Chief cars - maybe as K-Line by Lionel - and these sometimes come up on auction sites. The business car was one of them, SKU 6-21703, and I assume that like a lot of Lionel’s best aluminum cars was based on K-Line tooling.