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Originally posted by LwSiX
Those look very similar to the train cars seen in the computer game half life 2. If you played the game you know what they are for.
Originally posted by disgustedbyhumanity
This type of boxcar is used to ship automobiles. This is from the site linked below.
Tri-level Auto Car - Able to carry 15 standard model automobiles or 18 compact cars, the multi-level auto-rack car has made possible significant savings in the transportation of automobiles from factories to dealers. Railroads now carry 70 percent of all new vehicles manufactured in the United States.
Picture of Tri-Level Car (page down)