Once we got back into Harrow siding it wasn't leaking at all. As the train goes along on its merry way the sandite collects on the bogies, under the floor and on the wheels inside the tyre rim. Although the train had been cleaned the day before a few lumps of old sandite had fallen from under the train between the point blades stopping the points being detected as normal or reverse. The "wet" sandite reported to us by harrow cabin was indeed days old and had no bearing on the situation but led people to believe the train was laying when in fact it wasn't. One underframe clean later and she came out to play again.
The option of diverting the RAT onto the Picc instead of its afternoon trip to Uxbridge has been officially factored in this year. Requires certain criteria etc to be met, and is with the agreement of the Met and Picc Service Managers. Can't remember exactly off of the top of my head, but think it is around 1605 ish it'd reverse off of Platform 1 at Rayners Lane if it was to head down onto the Picc instead of Uxbridge.
The A Stock RAT is making a hell of a noise when it's heading out of Ricky towards London. The bogies sound like they're not getting on well with the track. Actually sounds like it's chugging like a steam train.