Differences in Aristo-Craft ART-3104 Union Pacific Observation Passenger Cars

Comparing Aristo-Craft ART-3104 Union Pacific Observation Passenger Cars

Differences in Aristo-Craft ART-3104 Union Pacific Observation Passenger Cars

I’m comparing the differences between three production years of the Aristo-Craft ART3104 Union Pacific Heavyweight Observation Passenger Cars. I currently have a model shipped in a black box with a manual dated from 1990, a blue box with a manual dated from 1995 and a yellow box from around the early 2000’s. All models are pretty much exactly the same apart from a few small details you actually have to get right down level with to see.

The biggest difference you can notice right away are the truck sizes. My 90’s models have 3 axle trucks where my early 2000 model has two axles. The three axle trucks are the preferred models due to their appearance but both trucks operate the same and have the same turning radius. And the electrical components remain the same as well.  The 2000s model had the option to purchase the 3 axle trucks separately. (1990, 1995, 2000)

Comparing Aristo-Craft ART-3104 Union Pacific Observation Passenger Cars

A few stripe and text differences. (1990,1995,2000)

Differences in Aristo-Craft ART-3104 Union Pacific Observation Passenger Cars

 

The 1995 model is the only one that has red light covers.  But it has the worst grey and red striped hanging decoration at the end.  The paint doesn’t line up correctly. (1990, 1995, 2000)

Differences in Aristo-Craft ART-3104 Union Pacific Observation Passenger CarsThe 1990 and 2000 model has the text at the top of the door, where the 1995 has it below the window.  Also, the edges of the windows are gold trimmed except for the 2000 model where they’re brown. (1990)

Differences in Aristo-Craft ART-3104 Union Pacific Observation Passenger Cars

 

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