Updates

  • 6/10/2024

  • Added - NS3968 - Patched - Former CEFX Blue/White
  • 6/9/2024

  • Added - AMTK168 - 25th Anniversary (Heartland Flyer)
  • 6/8/2024

  • Added - NS4822 - Moving the Weight of the World
  • 6/6/2024

  • Added - SPAX276 - Pennsylvania
  • 6/5/2024

  • Added - CN3331 - CN Retro Logo
  • Added - NS1650 - N&W Nose
  • 6/4/2024

  • Added - SPAX280 - Reading Lines

    Added - SPAX304 - Conrail

    Added - SPAX401 - Penn Central

  • Added - CSXT1875 - P&LE
  • 6/2/2024

  • Version 4.8 should be available to download within the app stores within the next 48 hrs.

    Items Fixed

    • (iOS/Android) Fixed report time display issue
    • (iOS) - When attempting to change the time during a report submission the app would crash


    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com

  • 6/1/2024

  • New iOS app is finally released (4.7).   This release now aligns with the Android (v4.*) that was released  about 6 weeks ago and has numerous enhancements to make reporting much easier.  


    Also note that push notifications are now enabled in version 4.6.  Make sure to configure your notification settings (More > Settings > Notifications). 


    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com

  • 5/27/2024

  • *** Completed ***

    On Tuesday (5/28/24) we'll be performing system maintenance between 4-7AM. 

    This is because our system has reached a new milestone where our databases have grown so much that we're in desperate need of an upgrade.   I don't foresee this maintenance window taking 3 hrs. (hopefully only 15 minutes) but I wanted to block off enough time just in case.

    During this time it will be a total outage (server, apps, notifications, etc...).  If you're able to pull up https://heritageunits.com then you'll know we're back online. 

    Note that I'll also update this article once completed.

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com

  • 5/26/2024

  • Today between 11:30AM-3:35PM (EST), there was a system issue that was preventing web cam reporting.  This has been resolved and reporting is now available again.    


    Note that I'll be reviewing the submission logs that ran into this issue and will resubmit your report to the server if you had an issue during this time. 


    Brian =)

  • 5/22/2024

  • Added - CSXT2625 - L&N Nose
  • 5/21/2024

  • Added - CSXT1967 - Seaboard Coast Line
  • 5/18/2024

  • Android Devices


    Near by Reports Push notifications are now operational on Android (v4.5+) which should be available within the Google Play Store as of yesterday.   Please make sure to check your notification settings within the app (see below).


    You can enable notifications by opening the HU app > "More" > "Settings" > "Notifications" > "Near By Reports".


    Additionally, make sure you've given permission within Android Operating System to allow the Heritage Units app to display notifications.  You can always check this by going to the Android Settings > Apps > Heritage Units > Notifications.


    iOS Devices


    I'm getting very close to releasing the iOS app.  I'm currently building the push notifications for iOS and once that's completed and working I'll be releasing it. 


    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com



  • 5/16/2024

  • Added - NS3970, 3972, 3976, 3997, and 3998 - Patched - Former CEFX Blue/White

  • 5/13/2024

  • Added - CP9375 - 1st CPKC Livery

    Please note this will be the only unit we'll be tracking in the new CPKC paint since it was first one to be painted.

  • 5/12/2024

  • Hi everyone, 

    I'm working on bringing true push notifications to the app (current version can only checks every 15 minutes on Android and randomly on iOS).  

    The Android version with push notifications is currently in testing and hope to release it with a week or so.

    iOS users, the 4.x version is still in the works and very close to being ready to test. 

    Brian :)

    Heritageunits.com 

  • 5/10/2024

  • Added - AGR4423 - Honoring Veterans & Service Members
  • Added - GNWR125 - Genesee & Wyoming
  • Added - GNWR1899 - Genesee & Wyoming
  • 5/1/2024

  • Added - EMDX1605 - EMD Demonstrator Gray
  • 4/30/2024

  • Added - CSXT1899 - Pere Marquette
  • 4/28/2024

  • Added - NS3994, NS3995, NS996 - Patched - Former CEFX Blue/White

  • 4/27/2024

  • New Web Cam - Seymour, IN by Seymour Trains

  • New Web Cam - Missoula, MT (By Cornell Lab Bird Cams)

    •  BNSF - MRL Third Subdivision is in the background behind Osprey's bird nest. 
    •  Trains going left to right are eastbound. 


  • 4/22/2024

  • New Web Cam - Boone, IA by Trains on Demand

  • Added - NS3967 / NS3966 - Patched - Former CEFX Blue/White

  • 4/20/2024

  • New Web Cam - East Greenwich, RI by Railside Live
  • 4/19/2024

  • New Web Cam - Creston, IA by Steel-Highway.com
  • New Web Cam - Red Oak, IA by Steel-Highway.com
  • Added - NJT4500 - Salutes Space Force
  • New Web Cam - Missouri Valley, IA by Steel-Highway.com
  • 4/18/2024

  • New Web Cam - Woodbine, IA by Steel-Highway.com
  • 4/17/2024

  • Added - CSXT2100 - Hydrogen (Green/Blue)
  • 4/12/2024

  • New Web Cam - Colfax, CA (SWRC) by SouthWest RailCams
  • 4/10/2024

  • New Web Cam - Dunkirk, NY by Wide World of Trains

  • New Web Cam - Keokuk, IA by StreamTime Live

  • 4/9/2024

  • New Web Cam - Ames, IA by Steel-Highway.com
  • 4/8/2024

  • New Web Cam - Prescott, WI by Northern Transcon Railcams-Otter Tail Channel
  • 4/6/2024

  • Hi Everyone,

    I'm very close to releasing the new Heritage Units app and I'm looking for folks that might be interested in testing the new version.  This is only for the Android (iOS version is ready and will follow within 2-3 weeks).  

    What's in the new app 


    100% New Report Submission (hopefully faster & easier than the current)


    • Locomotive Image now display when selecting
    • Locomotive list will default to units around your location or webcam
    • Selecting a web cam there is a "Recent" view based on your previous reporting (make it fast to find your fav camera
    • Map view is available when selecting the sub division


    Map Customizations

    • Set default zoom
    • Map type (terrain, street, satellite, etc.) 
    • Map themes (normal, blue, dark)


    Dark Mode (highly requested) 


    Web Cams (Individual camera links per camera)


    If you're interested in becoming a tester please contact me at the support link on the website (https://www.heritageunits.com/main/contact).  


    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com

  • 4/4/2024

  • Added - CSXT1852 - Western Maryland
  • Removed - CSXT7560 - NCSTL Emblem - Rebuilt and repainted (no longer has emblem)

  • 3/20/2024

  • Added - NS5604 - PRR Sticker
  • 3/15/2024

  • Added - NJT4508 - Black History Wrap

  • 3/14/2024

  • Removed - AMTK174 - Phase VII.  Mentioned earlier when adding this unit.  We would tracked until Amtrak started painting additional units in Phase VII.   Amtrak 82 has been recently repainted and thus we're taking the unit down. 

  • 3/8/2024

  • Added - CSXT1972 - Family Lines System
  • 2/29/2024

  • Added - MNCR217 - Penn Central
  • 2/12/2024

  • Added - CSXT1836 - RF&P
  • 2/10/2024

  • Added - WE7026 - Operation Lifesaver
  • 2/8/2024

  • New Web Cam - Decatur, AR (City of Decatur) by SouthWest RailCams
  • Added Montana Rail Link SD70ACe units (MRL4300-4319 / MRL4400-4408) as some of the units are starting to venture out onto the BNSF system.  We'll add additional units in the future.

  • Added - NS3984 - Patched - Former CEFX Blue/White
  • 2/7/2024

  • Added - NS3983 - Patched - Former CEFX Blue/White
  • 2/6/2024

  • Added - GTW5951 - Grey Ghost
  • 2/5/2024

  • New Web Cam - Dragoon, AZ (Dragoon General Store) by SouthWest RailCams
  • Added - CN2958 - Every Child Matters
  • 1/30/2024

  • Added - AMTK174 - Phase VII.  

    Please note that this is first P42 in Phase VII and we'll temporarily track this unit until the additional units get repainted into Phase VII. 

  • 1/27/2024

  • Removed - CSXT7574 - Thomas Rice Special - Rebuilt and Repainted

  • 1/25/2024

  • Renumbered AMTK406 to AMTK90406

  • 1/22/2024

  • Added - CSXT1897 - Monon
  • New Web Cam - Flossmoor, IL by Steel-Highway.com
  • 1/20/2024

  • New Web Cam - San Marcos, TX (Thorpe Ln) by San Marcos Traffic Cameras
  • 1/18/2024

  • Added - FEC430 - Veterans Unit
  • New Web Cam - Kansas City, MO (Doc's Caboose) by VirtualRailfan.com
  • 1/15/2024

  • Removed - IC 2463 & 2459 - Blue Devil (Scrapped)

  • 1/6/2024

  • New Web Cam - Blue Island, IL by LiveTrains.com

    Fixed a bug where the Train Symbols web page was appearing to fail to load.  

  • 1/3/2024

  • Added - CSXT1853 - New York Central
  • New Web Cam - Newport, MN by Northern Transcon Railcams-Otter Tail Channel

  • 12/31/2023

  • Added - IAIS519 - Paul H. Banner
  • With the BNSF taking over the Montana Rail Link (MRL) effective Jan. 1st, 2024.  We're starting to move things around within the Heritage Units system to align.   Below are some quick bullet points.


    • All MRL subdivisions are now under BNSF.
    • We've updated the routing configuration for BNSF to utilize the MRL subdivisions.  If you see a train route that appears incorrect;  please submit a train update and let us know. 
    • Currently there are only two tracked MRL locomotives (MRL4404 & MRL4407) within the HU system.  These locomotives will still maintain the locomotive prefix of "MRL" until BNSF officially re-prefixes them to "BNSF" and any possible renumbering.


    Note... We do plan to track MRL painted locomotives as they'll likely migrate out onto the rest of the BNSF system. Please contact us at our link on the home page when you see these MRL units outside of the current MRL tracks.  We will request pictures/videos during these suggestions


    Happy New Years!
    Heritage Units Team

  • 12/27/2023

  • Removed - BNSF557 - BNSF Warbonnet
  • Removed - BCOL 4625 - BC Rail Paint
  • New Web Cam - Clear Creek, CA by M. Leland-Nascimento

  • 12/25/2023

  • Merry Christmas from the HeritageUnits Team! 

  • 12/24/2023

  • New Web Cam - Okarche, OK by okweatherwatch.com

  • New Web Cam - Galveston, TX by M. Reeves

  • 12/23/2023

  • Added - WAMX4246 - Ex-Southern Pacific
  • Added - UP5287 - Lynell Smith Plaque
  • Added - KYLE6843 - BN Paint
  • 12/17/2023

  • Added - NS3982 - Patched - Former CEFX Blue/White
  • Added - NS3981 - Patched - Former CEFX Blue/White
  • Added - NS5231 - NS High Hood

  • 12/14/2023

  • Removed - PRLX6003 - Blue/White Striped - Waiting to be rebuilt

  • 12/11/2023

  • New Web Cam - New London, CT by Railside Live

  • 12/10/2023

  • New Web Cam - Ludlow, KY by RailStream.net

  • 12/7/2023

  • Removed - WE7009 - Operation Lifesaver (sticker removed)

  • 12/4/2023

  • New Web Cam - Cowan, TN by Cowan, TN Railroad Museum

  • 12/2/2023

  • The following regional railroads have been updated in the system.  This includes the mapping of the subdivisions, enabling of routing on train symbols and inbound ETA predictions. 

    • Florida East Coast
    • Kyle Railroad
    • Iowa Interstate 
    • Indiana Railroad

    I'll continue to expand the routing engine to additional regional railroads in the upcoming weeks.

    Brian =)

  • Added - CSXT6509 - Georgia Road Emblem - Spotted in Hamilton, OH by Chuck C. 

  • 11/30/2023

  • To our Iowa Interstate Railfans.  We've recently mapped out the sub divisions and have configured routing for the railroad.  If you have inbound train feature enabled; the server will now start calculating the route and ETAs (train symbol required).

  • 11/28/2023

  • Added - CSXT6394 - RF&P Nose

    Because of the numerous requests we've received within a brief period, we have decided to track this unit based on the request from the HU community. It's important to mention that this unit was recently subjected to vandalism and to our knowledge is not recognized as an official CSX Heritage Unit. We strongly disapprove of any actions taken by individuals to vandalize locomotives.

  • New Web Cam - Avondale, LA by WebcamGreece

  • 11/27/2023

  • Added - CSXT1871 - Atlantic Coast Line
  • 11/23/2023

  • Added - NS3985 - Patched - Former CEFX Blue/White
  • To all the railroad community, railfans, friends, and family, we send heartfelt wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 11/21/2023

  • New Web Cam - Oconomowoc, WI by Thirsty Bird Railcam
  • 11/18/2023

  • Recent security change was implemented on the server that was blocking the captcha (aka... not a robot prompt) to load on the website.  This prevented folks from logging into the website and this has now been resolved.   Note this issue did not affect the mobile app.

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com Found/Developer

  • Added - NS3980 - Patched - Former CEFX Blue/White
  • 11/17/2023

  • Added - NJT4503 - Atlas Model Railroad Wrap
  • 11/15/2023

  • New Web Cam - Motley, MN by Northern Transcon Railcams-Otter Tail Channel
  • 11/13/2023

  • Added - CPKC1200 - Hydrogen (Green/Blue/Gray)
  • 11/12/2023

  • New Web Cam - Columbus, WI (Julies Java House) by Steel-Highway.com
  • 11/11/2023

  • We've changed all the BNSF train symbols within the system to now include the dash delimiter between the train type indicator and the org/dst train station codes.  

    This will make it easier to quickly recognize the train symbols.  

    Note that when submitting new reports 

    If you don't include the dash delimiter; the server will automatically format the symbol into the correct format (assuming the symbols is within the system). 

  • 11/8/2023

  • Added - MNCR211 - New York Central
  • Added - MNNR45 - B23-7 - This will be temporary addition to the site while the unit is on it's way back to Minnesota.  Currently on CSX M367

  • 11/3/2023

  • Added - UP4468 - "Onion" Pacific
  • 11/1/2023

  • New Web Cam - St Paul, MN by Northern Transcon Railcams-Otter Tail Channel
  • Added - INRD7010 - Veterans Unit
  • 10/27/2023

  • New Web Cam - Placentia, CA by Steel-Highway.com
  • 10/26/2023

  • New Web Cam - Clarence, IA by Steel-Highway.com
  • 10/25/2023

  • New Web Cam - Burlington, IA by VirtualRailfan.com
  • 10/23/2023

  • New Web Cam - Port Clinton, PA by Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad
  • 10/22/2023

  • New Web Cam - Pittston, PA by Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad
  • New Web Cam - Jim Thorpe, PA by Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad
  • 10/20/2023

  • New Web Cam - Springfield, MO by Steel Highways
  • 10/19/2023

  • New Web Cam - Mount Vernon, IA by Steel Highways
  • 10/15/2023

  • Added - NS3989 - Patched - Former CEFX Gray/Blue/White (Reporting suspended)
    Added - NS3990 - Patched - Former CEFX Gray/Blue/White
    Added - NS3991 - Patched - Former CEFX Gray/Blue/White
    Added - NS3992 - Patched - Former CEFX Gray/Blue/White
    Added - NS3993 - Patched - Former CEFX Gray/Blue/White (Reporting suspended)


  • 10/14/2023

  • New Web Cam - Tornillo, TX (Franky's) by SouthWest RailCams
  • 10/12/2023

  • Removed - KCS 2900 - KCS Grey - Repainted

  • 10/8/2023

  • Added - NJT4210 - Erie
  • 10/4/2023

  • New Web Cam - San Marcos, TX (Aquarena Springs Dr/Post Rd) by San Marcos Traffic Cameras
  • 10/3/2023

  • New Web Cam - Roseville, CA (YESTR Toys) by SouthWest RailCams
  • 9/28/2023

  • Added - CSXT6003 - Operation Lifesaver.  This is a temporary addition while it's transported from NY to NC and will be removed afterwards. 

  • 9/23/2023

  • Added - RBMN1983 - Blue Mountain Reading
  • 9/16/2023

  • Added - CN3309 - CN Wafer Logo
  • 9/15/2023

  • Added - NJT4640 - NJT "Retro" Paint (40th Anniversary)
  • 9/14/2023

  • Majority of the CN train symbols and routing matrixes are built and configured in the system.  This means if you have the "inbound trains" feature you will start seeing them show up on your screens if the route of the train is inbound for your location.  But please note we're still working on the ETA precision for CN. 

      

    Special Note with CN train symbols


    CN shares train symbols with different regions of the railroad.  An example would be "CN L501" which has 8 variations  (please read the CN train symbol anatomy).  I've coded the system that when submitting a new report and you enter in the correct sub division and "CN L501"; the server will automatically assign the correct variant. 

    Quick example...


    Train "CN L501-61" - Origin (Flint, MI) to Dest (Battle Creek, MI)


    When submitting a report if you enter "CN L501" and select "CN Flint Subdivision" then the server will automatically assign "CN L501-61". 


  • 9/6/2023

  • Added - MJRX6617 - SOO Paint
  • 9/4/2023

  • New Web Cam - Applegate, CA by Placer Sierra Railroad Heritage Society
  • 9/2/2023

  • New Web Cam - Springfield, MO (BNSF Thayer North) by Mokan Railcams
  • New Web Cam - Redding, CA (Redding Model Railroad) by SouthWest RailCams
  • New Web Cam - Moorhead, MN by Northern Transcon Railcams-Otter Tail Channel
  • 8/28/2023

  • New Web Cam - Clinton, MS by Olde Towne Depot
  • 8/27/2023

  • Changed the locomotive codes for 2 CMQ units as they've been sold to NS.

    CMQ1002 > NS3987
    CMQ1006 > NS3988

  • 8/26/2023

  • Inbound Train Feature

    Please note the new "Inbound Train" feature was released in version 3.26 which will attempt to provide a heads up on when a train is inbound to a configured radius around your device.  This is still flagged with a experimental flag and please read our FAQ on the site for more details.   Android 3.26 is already within the Google Play Store and Apple 3.26 version should be available next week. 

    Android Notifications (v3.26)

    Google is requiring application permission be granted to display notifications within the app if you're phone is running Google OS 13 (Tiramisu) or higher.  With the recent app release; the HU app wasn't requesting permission and thus notifications are not displaying. 

    A new version is queued up within the Google Play Store (3.27) which will resolve this issue and should be available shortly.

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com  

  • Added - CSXT1850 - L&N

  • 8/25/2023

  • Removed - KCS 2841 - KCS Grey - Repainted

  • 8/19/2023

  • Removed - CSXT940 - Crayola Unit - Repainted

  • Added - IORY3488 - BN Paint
  • 8/18/2023

  • Added - RBMN 2023 - 40th Anniversary
  • 8/14/2023

  • Added - IC6252 - CN - Illinois Central Paint "OLS"

  • 8/12/2023

  • Added - MNCR201 - Conrail
  • 8/11/2023

  • Added - CSXT6914 - Chessie System Nose
  • New Web Cam - Houston, TX (Tower 26) by LiveTrains.com
  • Added - CSXT1869 - Chesapeake & Ohio
  • New Web Cam - Covington, KY by VirtualRailfan.com
  • 8/10/2023

  • New Web Cam - Tyrone, PA by Tyrone Area Historical Society
  • New Web Cam - Savanna, IL (City of Savanna) by Steel Highways
  • NS1069 - Virginian has been repainted and is now unlocked for reporting.  Please check out AltoonaWorks FB page for pictures. 

  • 8/9/2023

  • New Web Cam - Austell, GA by VirtualRailfan.com

  • 8/2/2023

  • New Web Cam - Kyle, TX by City of Kyle
  • 7/20/2023

  • Added - CSXT1976 - Conrail

  • 7/19/2023

  • Removed - BNSF 1466 - BN Paint - Repainted

  • Removed - BNSF 164 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

  • 7/15/2023

  • Added - CN2856 - Every Child Matters
  • Added - CPR2816 - Steam (4-6-4)
  • 7/12/2023

  • New Web Cam - Fridley, MN by Steel-Highway.com
  • 7/10/2023

  • New Web Cam - Kennesaw, GA by Atlanta Railcams
  • 7/8/2023

  • New Web Cam - Hammond, KS by Mokan Railcams
  • Added - CP9840 & CP9737 - BioFuel Units

  • Added - CP9737 - BioFuel Unit
  • 7/3/2023

  • New Web Cam - Chicago, IL (C&NW Powerhouse) by Steel-Highway.com
  • 6/30/2023

  • Our servers needed some TLC this morning and this was executed today between 10-10:30AM EST. Thus the servers may have been unresponsive or sluggish during this window.  

    As a side now; with all the new functionality that we’re throwing into the system (milepost, routing, eta calculations, etc…).  We’ll be looking to upgrade our servers within the next few months. 

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com


  • 6/29/2023

  • Added - CSXT1982 - Seaboard System
  • We've made a tweak to the system that when a web camera is submitted and there is multiple camera operators watching the same lines at the same location (Fostoria, OH); we will normalize the location name within the report.    

    Example... A report use to show as "Fostoria, OH (Railstream)" or "Fostoria, OH (VRF)" will now be recorded as "Fostoria, OH".  This resolves an issue where with how reports displayed within the system.   

    This will take affect going forward and note this will only occur in special locations like Fostoria, OH and a couple others.

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com

  • Added - CN2964 - Every Child Matters
  • 6/27/2023

  • New Web Cam - Owosso, MI by Steel-Highway.com
  • New Web Cam - Three Rivers, MI (Frankie's by the Tracks) by Steel Highways
  • 6/26/2023

  • Hi everyone,

    We've published our train symbol database online and it can be found at our web site on the top navigation "Train Symbols".  This is a database that is community driven for the past couple years but was only viewable on the mobile app. 

    Couple quick notes...

    • All active railroads 'currently' configured in our system our viewable (many small/medium railroads may not have symbols but are available for train symbol additions).

      If you wish to contribute a train symbol for a railroad not listed; please contact me so I can add the railroad. 

    • Train Routing...  This is a very complex beast that I've custom built and configured over the past 3 years (I can't express the amount of endless nights and work that has gone into this creating this feature... AND the next new feature release will build upon it... STAY TUNED). 

      Note that currently the majority of the Class I railroads are configured with the exception of the Canadian National (my desire is to finish it next month).   

      If you see a route that is incorrect; please let us know by hitting the "Submit a change..." button on an individual train.

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com - Founder/Developer

  • 6/25/2023

  • New Web Cam - Boyce, VA by Railstream.net
  • 6/24/2023

  • Removed - BNSF8231 - BN Sticker Unit
  • 6/20/2023

  • Starting today the server may require that you upgrade the Heritage Units app if the version you're running is severely out of date.   Simply head to the App Store or Google Play store and find the Heritage Units app and click "Update" and you should be all set. 

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com

  • 6/19/2023

  • Added - CP1002 - Hydrogen (Green/Blue/Maroon)
  • 6/16/2023

  • New Web Cam - Little Falls, MN by Northern Transcon Railcams-Otter Tail Channel
  • 6/13/2023

  • Hello Everyone,

    I've released the web cam reporting back to the web browser. Note that you must have the Heritage Units application 3.22+ installed on a phone/tablet to pair your browser to your device (both Android and iOS versions released today). 

    I've tried to make it as easy as possible for folks to report in the new UI for webcams.  I've also started to build in maps for each camera to assist with the orientation of the web cameras to actual railroad lines and will provide individualized instructions for certain web cams to help during the report.  

    As always... constructive and/or positive feedback is always welcomed as it keeps me motivated knowing that I'm helping railfans out. You can reach out to me at the contact links at the bottom of the web site or within the application (More > Profile).   Any bugs or issues please let me know... I'm human and mistakes do happen but I'm quick to fix if confirmed to be an issue.

    Happy railfanning!

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com - Founder/Developer


  • 6/12/2023

  • Removed - 4 BNSF Units (Executive/Grinstein Paint) > sold to BUGX  (BNSF9832, BNSF9546, BNSF9760, BNSF9697)