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Siemens train static inverter issues

In December 2014 it was discovered that Melbourne's fleet of Siemens trains had been fitted with defective capacitors in the static inverter unit found beneath the train floor, resuling in a number of explosions. As an interim workaround fire blankets and tie down straps were fitted around the equipment boxes to reduce the risk.

Static inverter with the tiedown straps removed - beneath Siemens 2569T

August 17, 2015 07:56 AM
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'Grunt' brand ratchet straps - perfect for tying down exploding static inverters beneath Siemens trains

Pack of four for $24.98 from Bunnings - enough straps to fit out a 6-car Siemens train set

June 03, 2015 17:17 PM
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'Access panel' side of a static inverter beneath a Siemens train, with fire blanket and tie down straps fitted

The fire blankets are a new addition by Metro following the RTBU issuing a circular to train drivers on January 6

January 12, 2015 07:58 AM
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'Cable' side of a static inverter beneath a Siemens train, with fire blanket and tie down straps fitted

The fire blanket is barely visible on the other side of the train

January 12, 2015 07:42 AM
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Tie-down straps affixed to a static inverter beneath a Siemens train

The capacitors inside have started to fail, resulting in explosions and electrical fires.

December 18, 2014 17:41 PM
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