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Greenbrier Files Universal Shelf

The Greenbrier Companies today announced that it has filed a $300 million universal shelf registration statement on Form S-3 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). The registration statement is subject to review by the SEC and has not yet been declared effective.

"We currently have no plans to offer or sell securities under this registration statement," stated Mark Rittenbaum, executive vice president and chief financial officer. "Having a universal shelf registration statement in place provides us with greater financial flexibility, and is a proactive step which will help facilitate our ability to raise capital which we may use for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to, refinancing and repaying debt as well as funding new opportunities."

If and when declared effective by the SEC, the shelf registration statement will remain effective for three years and will give the Company the ability from time to time to access capital utilizing various types of securities including common stock, preferred stock, debt securities (senior and subordinated), warrants, rights, units or a combination thereof subject to business and market conditions and the Company's capital needs. The terms of any offering under the shelf registration statement will be described in a prospectus supplement filed with the SEC.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities, in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state. Any offer of these securities will be made solely by means of the prospectus included in the registration statement and any prospectus supplement that may be issued with respect to such offering.

About Greenbrier Companies

Greenbrier (, headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a leading supplier of transportation equipment and services to the railroad industry. The Company builds new railroad freight cars in its three manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico and marine barges at its U.S. facility. It also repairs and refurbishes freight cars and provides wheels and railcar parts at 37 locations across North America. Greenbrier builds new railroad freight cars and refurbishes freight cars for the European market through both its operations in Poland and various subcontractor facilities throughout Europe. Greenbrier owns approximately 9,000 railcars, and performs management services for approximately 222,000 railcars.

"SAFE HARBOR" STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: This release may contain forward-looking statements. Greenbrier uses words such as "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "expect," "future," "intend" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, turmoil in the equity and credit markets and financial services industry that negatively impacts our ability to access the capital markets; market conditions affecting our securities, including any securities that might be issued pursuant to the registration statement mentioned above, delays in the declaration of effectiveness of the registration statement mentioned above, including as a result of factors outside of our control, high levels of indebtedness and compliance with the terms of our indebtedness; write-downs of goodwill in future periods; sufficient availability of borrowing capacity; fluctuations in demand for newly manufactured railcars or failure to obtain orders as anticipated in developing forecasts; loss of one or more significant customers; customer payment defaults or related issues; actual future costs and the availability of materials and a trained workforce; failure to design or manufacture new products or technologies or to achieve certification or market acceptance of new products or technologies; steel price fluctuations and scrap surcharges; changes in product mix and the mix between segments; labor disputes, energy shortages or operating difficulties that might disrupt manufacturing operations or the flow of cargo; production difficulties and product delivery delays as a result of, among other matters, changing technologies or non-performance of subcontractors or suppliers; ability to obtain suitable contracts for the sale of leased equipment and risks related to car hire and residual values; difficulties associated with governmental regulation, including environmental liabilities; integration of current or future acquisitions; succession planning; all as may be discussed in more detail under the headings "Risk Factors" on page 11 of Part I , Item 1a of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2009 and "Forward Looking Statements" on page 3 of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended February 28, 2010. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's opinions only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements.

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SOURCE: The Greenbrier Companies

CONTACT: Mark Rittenbaum of The Greenbrier Companies, +1-503-684-7000