Albert Joseph Reinschmidt, 70, of Lombard IL

Written by Brust Funeral Home on January 12th, 2018

Reinschmidt full bleedAlbert Joseph Reinschmidt, 70, of Lombard IL, passed away peacefully Friday, January 5, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones and family at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Albert is survived in death by his beloved Eileen Bleidorn of Lombard; daughter Jessica (Xan Steadman) Reinschmidt; son Albert (Jeanina) Reinschmidt; 4 grandchildren Eric Hazelwood; A. Nicholas Reinschmidt; Allison Reinschmidt; Alexander Steadman; and the children and grandchildren of Eileen Bleidorn.

Albert was born in Chicago, IL to Albert and Beatrice nee Brooks Reinschmidt on August 7, 1947.  Al went to Bogan High School in Chicago.  Al went on to earn his doctorate in civil engineering at the University of Illinois. Al worked as an Asst. Professor at Penn State University.  Al later worked at Association of American Railroads as Sr. Asst. Vice President.  Al also consulted for numerous high speed rail projects across the globe, as “Dr. Track” Railway Consultants.  In 1998 Al began working for Transportation Technology Center Incorporated.  Al retired from his Vice President position in 2012.  Al enjoyed volunteering at the Illinois Railway Museum, adding to his model railroad collection, traveling the world, and spending time with friends, family, and his rescue dogs, Branna and Willow.

A Memorial gathering will be at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S Main St, Lombard, IL on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180 would be appreciated. For further information please contact Brust Funeral Home at 888-629-0094 or


9 Comments so far ↓

  1. Curtis Urban says:

    Dear Family Members,
    We will miss Al’s jokes the most… I could always count on Al pushing the limits of a joke and making everyone smile just a little more…
    Sorry for your loss

  2. Julie Winters says:

    Dear Reinschmidt Family,

    Al was very dear to us at TTCI and he will be missed. He was always full of life and smiling. I had many memorable conversations with him over the year and he always made me smile.

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


  3. Joan Bleidorn says:

    My deepest sympathy, Eileen

  4. SEMIH KALAY says:

    Dear Reinschmidt Family and Eileen:
    My wife Grace and I offer you our heartfelt condolences for the loss of our great friend Albert. I, Semih, worked many years with Al, starting in Chicago in the 80s. He was a great friend, a true mentor, an outstanding leader,among other things. Many memories remind me Al’s smiling face and his joy for good life. He will deeply missed.

  5. David Meeks says:

    My deepest condolences. Al was a great guy. I worked with him many years at AAR and TTCI. What an unforgettable character — and who can forget his laugh! He’ll be missed.

  6. Dan Stone says:

    I am saddened by the loss of a great friend. Al’s sense of humor turned a bad day into a good day and a good day into a great one. Dr. Track will be missed.

  7. Jian Sun says:

    Al will be remembered forever for his kindness, wit, humor, and vast railroad knowledge. I was probably the first new hire at the AAR Chicago Technical Center after Al took over its management and I worked for him when he retired at TTCI. I am so saddened for the loss of a mentor, a friend, and a great leader.

  8. Chris Jackson says:

    I was so sorry to hear the news of Al’s passing. He was wonderful person to know and work with, and his expertise was greatly valued, both through TTCI and as Dr Track. His enthusiasm for all things railway was highly infectious and I am sure he will be greatly missed. Condolences to his family and friends from all at Railway Gazette.

  9. David Johnson says:

    Really sad to hear of the passing of my good friend Al, and sending condolences to Eileen and the family. Times spent with Al in the early 1990’s at AAR and later at TTCI will remain fond memories. A great guy, wicked sense of humour. I’ll miss our occasional exchanges.

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