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C 1234567890 IMPORTANT ANNUAL MEETING INFORMATION 2 N O T 1234 5678 9012 345 C O Y 000004 MR A SAMPLE DESIGNATION (IF ANY) ADD 1 ADD 2 ADD 3 ADD 4 ADD 5 ADD 6 ENDORSEMENT_LINE SACKPACK Vote by Internet Go to Or scan the QR code with your smartphone Follow the steps outlined on the secure website Shareholder Meeting Notice Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. to be Held on January 9, 2019 Under Securities and Exchange Commission rules, you are receiving this notice that the proxy materials for the annual shareholders’ meeting are available on the Internet. Follow the instructions below to view the materials and vote online or request a copy. The items to be voted on and location of the annual meeting are on the reverse side. Your vote is important! This communication presents only an overview of the more complete proxy materials that are available to you on the Internet. We encourage you to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials before voting. The proxy statement and annual report to shareholders are available at: Easy Online Access – A Convenient Way to View Proxy Materials and Vote When you go online to view materials, you can also vote your shares. Step 1: Go to to view the materials. Step 2: Click on Cast Your Vote or Request Materials. Step 3: Follow the instructions on the screen to log in. Step 4: Make your selection as instructed on each screen to select delivery preferences and vote. When you go online, you can also help the environment by consenting to receive electronic delivery of future materials. Obtaining a Copy of the Proxy Materials –If you want to receive a copy of these documents, you must request one. There is no charge to you for requesting a copy. Please make your request for a copy as instructed on the reverse side on or before December 21, 2018 to facilitate timely delivery.



Shareholder Meeting Notice The 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. will be held on January 9, 2019 at the Benson Hotel, 309 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon beginning at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Proposals to be voted on at the meeting are listed below along with the Board of Directors’ recommendations. The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR all nominees and FOR Proposals 2 - 4: 1. Election of Directors Thomas B. Fargo, Duane C. McDougall, and Donald A. Washburn. 2. Advisory approval of the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers. 3. Approval of an amendment to the Company’s 2014 Employee Stock Purchase Plan. 4. Ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as the Company’s independent auditors for 2019. PLEASE NOTE - YOU CANNOT VOTE BY RETURNING THIS NOTICE. To vote your shares you must vote online or request a paper copy of the proxy materials to receive a proxy card. If you wish to attend and vote at the meeting, please bring this notice with you. Directions to The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. 2019 Annual Meeting From I-5 southbound: Take exit 302A toward City Center Merge onto N Broadway and continue onto NW Broadway Bridge Turn left onto NW Broadway Benson Hotel is on the right From I-5 northbound: Take exit 299B for Interstate 405 N toward U.S. 26 W Merge onto I-205 N and take exit 2B toward Everett Street/Glisan Street Merge onto NW 14th Ave Turn right onto NW Everett St Turn right onto NW Broadway Benson Hotel is on the right Here’s how to order a copy of the proxy materials and select a future delivery preference: Paper copies: Current and future paper delivery requests can be submitted via the telephone, Internet or email options below. Email copies: Current and future email delivery requests must be submitted via the Internet following the instructions below. If you request an email copy of current materials you will receive an email with a link to the materials. PLEASE NOTE: You must use the number in the shaded bar on the reverse side when requesting a set of proxy materials. Internet - Go to Click Cast Your Vote or Request Materials. Follow the instructions to log in and order a copy of the current meeting materials and submit your preference for email or paper delivery of future meeting materials. Telephone - Call us free of charge at 1-866-641-4276 and follow the instructions to log in and order a paper copy of the materials by mail for the current meeting. You can also submit a preference to receive a paper copy for future meetings. Email - Send email to with “Proxy Materials The Greenbrier Companies, Inc.” in the subject line. Include in the message your full name and address, plus the number located in the shaded bar on the reverse, and state in the email that you want a paper copy of current meeting materials. You can also state your preference to receive a paper copy for future meetings. To facilitate timely delivery, all requests for a paper copy of the proxy materials must be received by December 21, 2018.