In EO26, please refer to:
(f) Exceptions. Not withstanding any other provision of this order-
1. A railroad operating employee may use the digital storage and display function of a personal or railroad-supplied electronic device to refer to a railroad rule, special instruction, timetable or other directive, if such use is authorized under a railroad operating rule or instruction;
2. Railroad operating employees may use a personal or railroad-supplied wireless communication device as necessary to respond to an emergency situation involving the operation of the railroad or encountered while performing a duty for the railroad;
You will find this on page 7 of the PDF file directly from the FRA at:
http://www.fra.dot.gov/downloads/PubAff ... rder26.pdf
I have been through the mill with this from local and district management. While GCOR rule 1.10, as amended by General Order, may not match other carriers versions, I assure you the FRA would not allow Union Pacific to issue such a rule if it did not follow EO26 to the letter. And to my knowledge, no carrier has filed for, or been granted a waiver from EO26, except that time limits for training, and implementing testing procedures be allowed.
The FRA here has been persistent in testing, observing, and by inspection that EO26 is being followed. In addition, testing, observation, and inspection by management for rule 1.10 compliance has taken place. Where necessary, discipline has been administered.
When asked why I leave my cell phone in the car, my simple reply is, I don't have the cash to pay any fine. I keep it well above the board.