|Flexity 006, with lights ablaze in Starr Gate depot, preparing to become the first Flexity 2 to run in passenger service|
|Flexity 006 showing the onboard information displays|
|Flexity 006 about to make history by being the first tram in service on the new upgraded light rail system in Blackpool|
|Onboard view of the derailment upon exiting Bold Street|
|Flexity 006 derailed at Fleetwood Ferry, with route 14 bus 307 commandeered to take the passengers to Ash Street|
|Close up of the front bogie derailed on the Bold St curve|
Unfortunately on leaving the stop at Fleetwood Ferry in Bold Street, the tram derailed on the curve onto The Esplanade due to wind blown sand in the grooved track. Derailments at this point have not been uncommon in the past due to the proximity to the beach, but to happen on the inaugural run of the new light rail system must have been rather embarrassing for Blackpool Transport, although it was through no fault of the tram crew themselves.
|The grooves in the tarmac show that Flexity 006 departed the track at the curve by about a foot before it came to rest|
The above photo taken after 006 had been rerailed and moved back into Bold Street shows that the front bogie ran straight on after hitting the sand filled track, and came to rest about a foot to the left of the rails in the middle of the word "Tram".