Over the weekend, I got a chance to attend the offseason tour at California’s Great America! Big thanks to ACE and CGA for putting on a great event! On this tour, we got a special look at the new for 2018 coaster at the park, Railblazer!
Last time we checked out Railblazer, the track wasn’t even half done. Now pretty much all the track is in!
This is where the track has yet to be completed. The transfer track, storage tracks, and station track are not installed yet.
Here’s the supports for the storage track.
The footers haven’t been filled in to cover the anchor bolts yet just incase they need to adjust it.
Here’s a look at the brake run.
Here’s the 180 turn that leads from the transfer track to the station with some of the steel catwalks for the ride.
Here’s a track segment with a drive tire and skid brake.
Work on building the station has begun.
This seems to be the exit pathway that’s being built here.
I honestly doubted CGA would actually do any rock work, but they sure proved me wrong!
Parts of the track are covered while the rocks go in.
I found it interesting that this support isn’t in yet considering its on the part of the ride that is complete. Probably missing in action currently to make rock work and/or the queue/exit paths easier to construct.
Here’s a look at the top of the lift.
This drop is gonna be nuts!
The dive loop.
Outward banked airtime hill!
This ride packs so much into a small footprint!
Here’s quick nerdshot of the rail connection.
In the maintenance shop, we got the second of three trains in! How do I know this is the second train? Each seat was labeled 9-16 meaning this technically train 2.
Let’s get into the details of this train! For one, it will have a seat belt like most B&M style OTSR. The seat belt actually is attached the physical restraint and not the seat like most coasters.
The bottom of the vest straps has these extra straps connecting both sides. Kinda weird to be honest.
I did get to test the seat. The locking mech is kinda unique. It uses a similar locking mech as B&M flyers do where the latches are on the outside and it clicks in. They had two seats unlocked so we could test them out. The other six seats were still locked and we were told maintenance not to sit in them as they don’t really know how to unlock them yet, so you’d be stuck for awhile. They’d probably have to get someone from RMC on the phone to walk them through how to unlcok, which quite honestly would have been funny.
I will say, the restraints are not tall people friendly. If you’re over 6 feet tall you’re probably gonna have a hard time fitting in the seat comfortably.
The nosecone looks absolutely amazing! These have to be one of the best looking trains to ever exist!
And to finish off the update, here’s the lift motor!