Heritage Units

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About this app

Track and report Heritage units (locomotives) and other special interest units for Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific, CSX, BNSF, CN, CP and other railroads.


• View reported locomotives within a configured mile radius of your devices location.
• Report a new locomotive location directly from the app
• View locomotives on google maps
• Setup android notifications to alert you when a newly reported locomotive has been recorded on the site.
All recorded locomotive information is provided by volunteers using native apps and website (https://heritageunits.com)

If you need assistance, please go to https://www.heritageunits.com/main/contact

Explanation of why various permissions are needed:

• The "Location" permission is required so that the app can determine your location to find locomotives near you, assist during recording a new report and center the map on your position and allow for submission of new reports. The app first attempts to determine your location via the network, if that fails the app then tries to determine your location via GPS.

• The "Wi-Fi connection information" permission is needed so that the app can determine whether or not Wi-Fi is enabled and whether the app is currently using that connection.

• The "Device ID & call information" permission is needed by the app (but only if your device is running Android 2.x or higher). Encoded to store only a partial ID during reporting; it is used to validate a user's account has not be compromised
Updated on
Sep 22, 2023

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
Learn more about how developers declare sharing
This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 4 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

201 reviews
Sam Dickenson
November 10, 2023
The notifications for this app have been overriding my phone's notification volume. It seems to be going off of media volume for some reason and is the only app on my phone doing this. It is getting rather annoying, especially when it goes off when my phone is supposed to be silent.
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Jeffrey Kirk
November 9, 2022
It's a very useful app, but it's the user community that tracks them, and lately people don't seem to "bother" as much, and that's kind of sad, but also, it's not the apps' fault. It's a great app, and the only one of it's kind. In my experience, a tracked unit on home rails doesn't get reliably posted all the time. More uncommon events, like a heritage unit operating on another railroad gets heavily reported. The ads are very minimal, and they are small banners that don't interrupt you.
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Matthew Backe
March 11, 2022
I've been a user of this app for a few years now. I absolutely love the complete overhaul you gave the app, it's much more modern, polished, and above all easier to report. The only thing that would make this app better is if it had a live tracking system instead of relying on individual reports, but I understand how big of a task that would especially if this is a small team running this app.
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What's new

Fixes an issue where notifications stopped working if the app was closed or the device rebooted. Note that you must open the app after the update for the fix to apply.