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The Greenbrier Companies, Inc.
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December 22, 2011
We have previously sent to you proxy materials for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (the Company) to be held on January 6, 2012. The Board of Directors of the Company has unanimously recommended that shareholders return the enclosed proxy card voting FOR all nominees for election to the Board of Directors, FOR advisory approval of the compensation of the Companys named executive officers, FOR ratification of KPMG LLP as the Companys independent auditors for 2012, and to hold future advisory votes on the compensation of the Companys named executive officers on an ANNUAL basis.
As you may know, due to recent changes to the NYSE rules, your broker is no longer entitled to vote your shares on certain of those proposals, including the election of Directors and the advisory votes on executive compensation and the frequency of the advisory vote on executive compensation, without your instructions.
Your vote is important, no matter how many or how few shares you may own. If you have not already done so, please vote TODAY by signing, dating and returning the enclosed proxy card in the envelope provided to ensure that your votes are validly received prior to the Annual Meeting. Alternatively, you may vote by telephone or over the Internet as instructed by your broker or bank.
Sherrill A. Corbett
You can vote your shares by telephone, or via the Internet as instructed by
your broker or bank.
Please follow the easy instructions on the enclosed card.
If you have any questions, or need assistance in voting
your shares, please call our proxy solicitor,
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