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TrailBlazing


Groundbreaking new single rail steel coaster RailBlazer debuted at California’s Great America earlier this year. From Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC), the much- anticipated coaster is the first of its kind on the West Coast, featuring an innovative single rail track. Paul Ruben reports


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t’s a coaster with a difference. RailBlazer’s unique design requires the rider to straddle the rail, creating an extremely low centre of gravity that amplifies every


move and enables more dynamic turns and rotations than have ever been possible on a coaster. With an eight- passenger single file train hugging the rail, riders speed smoothly over the twisting track as they experience an abundance of airtime and steeply banked turns.


“This intense and exhilarating attraction kicks off a multi-


year transformation of California’s Great America following the City of Santa Clara’s approval of the park’s new master plan last year,” says Raul Rehnborg, vice president and general manager, California’s Great America. “This world-class attraction will be the first of many exciting and new developments guests will experience in the years to come. Once the park’s new master plan was unanimously approved, we knew we needed to kick off the buildout of the park in an impactful and exciting way. RailBlazer provided an opportunity to introduce a revolutionary roller coaster concept. What better place to build a cutting-edge attraction than at California’s Great America, located in the heart of Silicon Valley? Riders experience an incredibly smooth ride as they straddle a single 15 inch (38 cm) wide steel beam in a single-file train. With this design approach, riders feel every twist and turn in a completely new way.” Features of the ride include a maximum height of 106 feet (32 m) followed by a 90º, face-down first drop. Riders race over 1,800 feet (549 m) of track at a top speed of 52 miles per hour (84 kph). Along the way the encounter three inversions, including a zero-gravity roll.


RailBlazer


Fast Facts Length: 1,800 feet / 549m monorail Height: 106 feet (/ 32m Speed: 52 mph / 84 kph Inversions: Three, including a zero- gravity roll Elements: Dive Loop, Cutback, Corkscrew, Over-banked Curve


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