Updates

  • 2018.09.24
  • Implemented reCaptcha on login and register pages on the web. We've seen an uptick in automated bots attempting to login / register accounts.

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com
  • 2018.09.23
  • I'm starting development on the new version of the Android app as the iOS version is now out. Please be patient as this could take a couple weeks to get prepared and tested.

    As reminder for iOS users upgrading to the new HeritageUnits.com app (v2.0). If you experience any error messages immediately after upgrading please uninstall/install the app . There is an issue with a legacy security token that could cause the app to not load. Uninstalling/installing the app will clear this legacy token. I'll be looking into a patch within the next week or so.

    If you run into any issues or have ideas for enhancements please contact me at the "Contact" page on the website.

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com - Founder / Developer
  • 2018.09.19
  • Added - BNSF 9431, 9446, 9447, 9448, 9465, 9508, 9518, 9548, 9597, 9608, 9803, and 9813 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Resolved a bug at the server side that when receiving a multi-unit report from the iOS app where submitted would only record one locomotive. Thanks Alex A. for passing along the information.

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com - Founder / Developer
  • 2018.09.18
  • Added - AMTK 702 - Phase III Empire Service
  • Added - NS 1800 - DC to AC Conversion (Yellow)
  • For users upgrading to the new Apple iOS HeritageUnits.com app (v2.0). If you experience any error messages immediately after upgrading please uninstall/install the app and see if the error continues.

    If so please contact me at the "Contact" page on the website.

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com - Founder / Developer
  • 2018.09.17
  • The new iOS app (v2.0) is queued up for approval from Apple. Once approved it will start to role out immediately to all iOS devices. Please contact me at the contact us page with any issues.

    Below is a list of changes coming out in the next release.

    Updated logo and screen colors
    Changed default screen to be more of a dashboard (showing small map and # of locomotives near by)
    Changed layout so we can make use of a side navigation
    Fixed an issue where security tokens expired and created pre-mature logins again.
    iOS app now supports prefill. There is a setting on the user's profile that will enable/disable this feature globally across HeritageUnits.com experience.
    Locomotive Selector on reports screen now sorts correctly (previously sorted codes as alphas which created a mess).
    Locomotive Selector is now filtered by Railroads vs. Category.
    Added the ability to view system updates (previously only viewable on the website)
    If failed login occurs will display a button to direct user to website to reset their password.
    Fields on report screen are now larger then previous version
    When clicking "Use GPS" on report screen has improved error handling
    Added the ability to maintain hidden locomotives/categories under settings

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com - Founder / Developer
  • 2018.09.16
  • Added - BNSF 2836 - ATSF Bluebonnet
  • 2018.09.15
  • Removed - WNYP 430 - Honoring Law Enforcement - No longer has law enforcement emblems (Thanks Ricky W. for the update/pictures)
  • Dropped in patch to attempt to speed up the report submission time. Previously could take from 5~15 seconds to submit the report. New version should reduce that to less than 5 seconds. I'll be keeping a close eye on the performance over the next few days.

    Updated iOS application is now 90% complete. Hoping to get settings editable in the next release (Prefill/Hide Locomotives). Assuming those go well I'll be pushing it out to the beta group very soon.

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com - Founder / Developer
  • Added - BNSF 756 and 783 - BNSF Warbonnet
  • Removed - BNSF 1436 - BN Paint - Repainted
  • Added - BNSF 3195 - ATSF Bluebonnet
  • 2018.09.14
  • When viewing details of a locomotive it will now indicate if the locomotive is actively suspended from reporting and the reason. Example would be AMTK145
  • Added - BNSF 9406 and 9407 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • 2018.09.13
  • Added - BNSF 761 - BNSF Warbonnet
  • Added - BNSF 2864 - ATSF Bluebonnet
  • 2018.09.12
  • Added - AMTK 700, 701, 703, 704, 707, 710, 711, 714 and 716 - Phase III Empire Service.

    Note that if you wish hide locomotives or categories of locomotives from your HeritageUnits.com experience to navigate to "Profile" > "Hide Locomotives" (direct link)
  • Added - BNSF 9469, 9506, 9523, 9530, 9542 and 9544 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 3037, 3181 and 3183 - ATSF Bluebonnet
  • 2018.09.10
  • Added - BNSF 9536, 9572, and 9674 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added US Cellular as mobile phone provider
  • 2018.09.09
  • Added - BNSF 9546, 9602, 9783, 9812, and 9816 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 702 - BNSF Warbonnet
  • I'm working on a completely new update for our iOS app. This will be a refreshed look-n-feel with updated logo and hopefully some new functionality and definitely some bug/fixes.

    I'm 80% complete and will be rolling it out to our beta testers hopefully soon. I'll provide an update on when things are released to the Apple app store.

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com - Founder / Developer
  • Added - BNSF 1707 and 1790 - BN Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9464 and 9496 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9679 and 9490 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • 2018.09.07
  • Ability to filter maps based on locomotive categories or railroads is enabled again.
  • Just applied a fix for a very tiny scripting issue. Most browser (Chrome and Safari) could adapt to the issue but other browsers like IE would not and thus would make the map appear blank. If you experience any issues please contact me via the contact us page.

    Brian =)
  • Added - BNSF 9686 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • 2018.09.06
  • If you're receiving a blank map (tiles not downloading); we've seen a random CORS issue with openstreetmaps. I'm dropping in patches the more I can replicate the issue.
  • Added - BNSF: 9401, 9425, 9434, 9435, 9450, 9470, 9477, 9478, 9489, 9509, 9516, 9522, 9547, 9549, 9566, 9801, and 9802, 9549 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Maps are back! Converted over the OpenStreetMaps. Note that there is some quirks that still need to be worked out. For example the "popup" on the mobile version really isn't "mobile/touch" friendly. Give me a few nights to work out those things.

    Brian =)
  • 2018.09.04
  • Removed - GTW 5853 - GTW Paint
  • Added - BNSF 197 - ATSF Bluebonnet
  • First, many thanks to the users out there supporting the site and upgrading as this helps incredibly with maintaining the budget to keep the site online with the unexpected cost from Google. Please note that all funds pay directly for the site expenses; no one receives any funds for their time as we donate them for free.

    We'll be reviewing other mapping APIs over the next week (hopefully a free one). When evaulating a mapping API we have to get deep into them so this could take a couple weeks to get resolved depending on what's missing or what re-code needs to be done.

    Please note... if you're using HeritageUnits.com iOS (Apple Maps) or HeritageUnits.com Android (Google Embedded Maps) that these are free.

    Simply put... if we kept Google Maps free under the new pricing structure this site would be shutting down within a month as we can't incur $1.1K bill a month. Websites and applications are not free to run and I do my best to keep the cost at a minimum so it's open to everyone.

    If you wish to read the pricing details from Google maps please click the link (new pricing model) vs. (old pricing model).

    With the old pricing model we didn't get charged as we never hit the 25K map loads a day on the website.

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com - Founder / Developer
  • 2018.09.02
  • Hello Everyone,

    Google has started charging for their google maps usage effective July 2018. We just received our first invoice and it looks like our usage will cost us over $1100 a month. That's an incredible cost for a site that runs on a minimum budget to keep it open for everyone. In the next month you may notice a large reduction in Google map usage on the website (iOS app not effected). I will be evaluating other mapping APIs immediately.

    Any questions please contact me at the contact us page.

    Brian :)
  • Added - BNSF 183 - ATSF Bluebonnet
  • 2018.08.31
  • Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend everyone!

    Brian =)
  • 2018.08.29
  • Added - BNSF 164 - ATSF Bluebonnet
  • 2018.08.27
  • Added - BNSF 9759 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9758 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9756 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9575 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9525 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9512 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9511 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9510 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9504 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - AMTK 716 - Phase III
  • 2018.08.23
  • Removed - UP 6731 - CNW Paint - Repainted
  • Added - BNSF 9590 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9821 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9836 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9737 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9532 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • 2018.08.21
  • When reporting locomotives try to use the "{railroad code} {train number}" within the train number field. This will assist our system with correctly identifying what train the locomotive is on. This is for our ultimate goal of recognizing the routing of the train and hopefully provide a heads up to other railfans along the routes.

    Examples of this would be

    CSX Q500
    NS 23K
    AMTK 5
    BNSF HEVEPAS
    UP ZLCBR
    KCS QSHKC

    If you don't know the train symbol it's still OK to enter "Manifest", "Intermodal", "Coal", etc....

    Brian =)
  • 2018.08.20
  • Added - BNSF 9673 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - EJE 675 - Elgin Joliet & Eastern
  • Added - EJE 672 - Elgin Joliet & Eastern
  • Added - EJE 671 - Elgin Joliet & Eastern
  • Added - EJE 665 - Elgin Joliet & Eastern
  • Added - EJE 662 - Elgin Joliet & Eastern
  • Added - EJE 661 - Elgin Joliet & Eastern
  • Added - EJE 659 - Elgin Joliet & Eastern
  • Added - BNSF 4700 - BNSF Warbonnet
  • Added - EJE 663 - Elgin Joliet & Eastern
  • 2018.08.19
  • I dropped in new functionality that will now attempt to normalize the train numbers for known train symbols with in our database.

    If you entered "Amtrak 5" during the report you may notice the system will automatically change it to "AMTK 5 - California Zephyr". Ultimate goal with this; is to send future notifications down the line of a inbound locomotive to your area.

    We'll be watching this functionality closely over the next couple weeks.

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com - Founder / Developer
  • 2018.08.18
  • Added - BNSF 9776 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 2740 - BN Paint
  • 2018.08.17
  • Added - CBFX 6021 to 6034 - BN Paint (Triclops)
  • 2018.08.15
  • Added - BNSF 2780 - ATSF Bluebonnet
  • Added - BNSF 639 - ATSF Warbonnet
  • Added - FEC 104 to 107 (owned by PRLX) - Florida East Coast Paint SD70M-2
  • Added - BNSF 9741 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9835 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9755 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9702 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • 2018.08.12
  • Added - BNSF 9497 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9494 - BNSF Executive/Grinstein
  • Added - BNSF 9775 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 2212 - ATSF Bluebonnet
  • Removed - UP 9798 - CNW Paint
  • 2018.08.07
  • Reactivated SOO4438 - Recently spotted in Kansas City today
  • Added - BNSF 9825 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • 2018.08.06
  • Added - BNSF 629 - ATSF Warbonnet
  • Added - BNSF 690 - ATSF Warbonnet
  • We had a very small outage of 10 minutes this morning as we provisioned our database to the latest version.
  • Added - BNSF 731 - BNSF Warbonnet
  • Added - BNSF 174 - ATSF Bluebonnet
  • 2018.08.05
  • Added - BNSF 9810 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • When uploading images we'll perform image recognition and attempt to automatically identify the locomotive you took a picture of and set the locomotive code for you.
  • 2018.08.04
  • Removed - KCS 4026 - KCS Grey
  • 2018.08.03
  • Renamed the "ATSF Paint" units to the logic below

    Warbonnets with BNSF on side will get “BNSF Warbonnet”
    Warbonnets with ATSF on side will get “ATSF Warbonnet”
    Bluebonnets previous had the description "ATSF Paint" now have "ATSF Bluebonnet"

    Brian =)
  • Added - BNSF 775 - ATSF Warbonnet
  • Added - BNSF 9695 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • Added - BNSF 9791 - Executive/Grinstein Paint
  • 2018.08.02
  • Removed the word "Patched" from the locomotive descriptions. We found this to be confusing for many users. We've replaced the word "Patched" with the word "Paint". Thus instead of "ATSF Patched" it will not be "ATSF Paint".

    Note that we'll be getting more detailed in the descriptions but it will take some time so hang with us. Today was the first step of a cleanup effort.

    Brian =)