Union Pacific's "UP Steam" app is available for Apple iOS devices...
Union Pacific's #844 steam engine chugged through our area last Wednesday for the second time in a year. The train was in route to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh in Arkansas, carrying over 300 Civil War reenactors and period cannons. The modern twist here is that I tracked the journey in real time from Wyoming to a maintenance stop in Scott City on my iPhone.
Called "UP Steam", the free app from Union Pacific is available in Apple's App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. Combining new technology and Union Pacific's historic steam locomotives, the UP Steam app offers users the chance to keep up with the locomotives on their latest excursions.
App features include:
|*||Real-time GPS location of Union Pacific's steam locomotives.|
|*||Up-to-the-minute schedules of the latest Union Pacific steam excursion.|
|*||Notification if Union Pacific steam is scheduled to be within 50 miles of the user's current location.|
|*||Photos, videos, descriptions and history of Union Pacific steam locomotives No. 844 and No. 3985.|
|*||The ability to submit photos taken with an iOS device for inclusion in the Union Pacific Facebook photo album.|
|*||Real-time Tweets tied to twitter.com/up_steam.|
|*||The ability to "check in" with the Union Pacific's steam locomotives using Foursquare.|
Historic trains and new technology...now that's cool!