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115 series EMU at Ōmae Station, November 2006
|Line length||55.6 km (34.5 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead catenary|
The Agatsuma Line (吾妻線 Agatsuma-sen?) is a local rail line in Gunma, Japan, and is part of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) network. Roughly following the Agatsuma River, it runs 55.6 km between Shibukawa and Ōmae stations.
Yanba Dam construction
The Yanba Dam was expected to cause part of the line between Iwashima and Kawarayu-Onsen stations to become submerged. The dam project was ultimately cancelled, but the new section of railway line and roads under construction may be completed to serve the onsen hot spring resorts in the area and increase road and rail capacity. However, with the dam's future in question, what will happen with the line is unclear.
Points of interest
The Agatsuma Line is noted for numerous onsen hot springs along the route. The famous hot springs at Kusatsu are some distance north of the line, but several rural onsen such as those at Shima, Sawatari, Kawarayu, and Shiriyaki are more accessible.
Japan's shortest railroad tunnel, the Tarusawa Tunnel, is on the Agatsuma Line.
|Shibukawa||渋川||0.0||Jōetsu Line (all trains through to Takasaki)||Shibukawa||Gunma|
|Ichishiro||市城||2.3||16.4||Nakanojō, Agatsuma District|
|Gunma-Haramachi||群馬原町||3.1||22.9||Higashiagatsuma, Agatsuma District|
|Kawarayu-Onsen||川原湯温泉||5.9||36.4||Naganohara, Agatsuma District|
|Fukurogura||袋倉||2.9||49.6||Tsumagoi, Agatsuma District|