Amusement park visitors experience the 90-degree drop while riding RailBlazer, a new roller coaster at California's Great America theme park, on June 13, 2018 in Santa Clara. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

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My heart started pumping a little bit faster when the folks at California’s Great America announced back in August that they were building the West Coast’s first single-rail steel coaster.

A single-rail steel coaster? What would that even look like? And how would the ride differ from the regular two-rail coasters that I already know and love?

I didn’t know the answers to those questions then. But I do now, having been one of the first to ride on RailBlazer, the exciting new single-rail coaster that opens to the general public on Thursday, June 14.

RailBlazer represents yet another major win for the Santa Clara theme park, nicely complementing Great America’s equally fun, yet vastly different, wooden coaster Gold Striker that opened to much applause in 2013.

Amusement park visitors experience the 90-degree drop while riding RailBlazer, a new roller coaster at California’s Great America theme park, on June 13, 2018 in Santa Clara. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

Amusement park visitors react as they ride RailBlazer, a new roller coaster at California’s Great America theme park, on June 13, 2018 in Santa Clara. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

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Amusement park visitors experience the 90-degree drop while riding RailBlazer, a new roller coaster at California’s Great America theme park, on June 13, 2018 in Santa Clara. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

Amusement park visitors experience the 90-degree drop while riding RailBlazer, a new roller coaster at California’s Great America theme park, on June 13, 2018 in Santa Clara. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

RailBlazer is a new roller coaster at California’s Great America theme park in Santa Clara. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

Amusement park visitors react as they ride RailBlazer, a new roller coaster at California’s Great America theme park, on June 13, 2018 in Santa Clara. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

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The new ride isn’t nearly as big as Gold Striker, offering up some 1,800 feet of track as opposed to 3,200, but size isn’t everything when it comes to coasters. In fact, the tightly coiled design of RailBlazer is one of the things that makes it work so well. It’s the perfect setting to lose yourself in the midst of a series of disorienting twists and turns, dashes and drops, loops and hoops. You don’t get the same effect on a longer track that is …read more

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RailBlazer: What it’s like to ride Great America’s new roller coaster

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