Yesterday, California’s Great America (Santa Clara, CA) announced their new 2018 roller coaster in RailBlazer. It’ll be a very rare single rail roller coaster with a 90-degree drop and three loops (dive loop, cutback, corkscrew).

RailBlazer - New Roller Coaster Californias Great America - 2018

In addition to the loops and a similar layout to the 2018 roller coaster, Wonder Woman, RailBlazer will also feature an off-road adventure theme complete with rocky features and a tunnel that’ll add to the excitement.
RailBlazer Roller Coaster - Californias Great America - 2018
When it opens in 2018, RailBlazer will be California’s Great America’s 9th roller coaster. It’ll join rides like the popular woodie Gold Striker; which has been very well-received.

Here’s an animated video previewing RailBlazer at California’s Great America:

Learn more at: California Great America’s RailBlazer page.

What’s Your Take?

How do you think RailBlazer looks? Are you excited about this new ride? Leave a comment below.

2 Responses

  1. Ethan Barnett

    I try to not play favorites between companies but I honestly prefer this over Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster. The name is subtle, the colors are simple, and the rock work subtly really fits in with the overall theme of the coaster. Though I’m skeptical about single train cars, the short ride length of merely 1800ft will hopefully help out its capacity. With the small attendance California’s Great America gets in comparison to other Cedar Fair Parks, as well as other parks in California, I think this will make a big impact to a park that makes a rather small footprint in the industry. This coaster, as well as Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster, will help set the bar for future RMC Raptor and T-Rex designs yet to come.

  2. Matt McIrvin

    I think it’s interesting to see what RMC is doing just from the perspective of technological change. They may be the most radical manufacturer working today.

    When Arrow introduced the tubular steel rail at the end of the 1950s, it freed up designers simply because a track with such rails can twist in any direction without the need to worry about twisting the rail itself. In those pre-computer-aided-design days, that was a big deal, and it made it possible to produce practical inverting coasters and generally crazier layouts.

    I suppose Intamin’s prefab wooden coasters first showed a way beyond that, and modern wooden-coaster companies now do things with L-shaped wooden rails that you’d expect to see on tubular-steel rides.

    But probably because they started out converting existing wooden coasters, where tubular rails would be an awkward fit, RMC has been the first steel-coaster company to move beyond the tubular rail. And this is the next logical development. If your rail is an I-box, you can just have one. It’s interesting to see them do something that bears no relation to wooden coasters at all.


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