This is a Lionel 6342 New York Central Culvert Car from 1956. The 6342 New York Central (NYC) Culvert Gondola was introduced in 1956. It is basically a standard 6562 gondola with a metal platform mounted to the inside of the car. The metal platform allows the car to function with the 342 and 345 Culvert Loader and Unloader accessories. The 6342 was included with each accessory as well as being available for separate sale. A separate sale box is extremely difficult to locate for this freight car. This culvert car features die-cast metal trucks, die-cast metal operating knuckle couplers, metal wheels and axles.
This item has been graded per TCA standards C-6: Very Good. The plastic car body has a couple minor nicks in the edges but is in good shape. The metal ramp and underframe have been repainted black previously. Seven culverts are included. The original box is not included. Check the photos for a detailed look at this item. Overall condition is Very Good.