Abukuma Express Line
|Abukuma Express Line|
Abukuma Express train at Abukuma Station, August 2006
|Opened||April 1st, 1968|
|Line length||54.9 km (34.1 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Minimum radius||500 m|
|Electrification||20 kV AC (50 Hz) overhead catenary|
|Operating speed||95 km/h (60 mph)|
The Abukuma Express Line (阿武隈急行線 Abukuma Kyūkō sen?) is a railway line in Japan, owned and operated by the third sector operator AbukumaExpress. The line connects Fukushima Station in Fukushima Prefecture and Tsukinoki Station in Miyagi Prefecture. Both of these stations are also on the Tōhoku Main Line operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East).
|Fukushima||福島||0.0||Tōhoku Main Line, Tōhoku Shinkansen, Ōu Main Line, Yamagata Shinkansen, Iizaka Line||Fukushima||Fukushima Prefecture|
|Yanagawa Kibōnomori Kōen-mae||やながわ希望の森公園前||20.0|
|Tsukinoki||槻木||54.9||Tōhoku Main Line|
The line first opened on 1 April 1968 as the Marumori Line (丸森線?), operated by Japanese National Railways (JNR) between Tsukino and Marumori. The original plan was to create a bypass route to relieve overcrowding on the Tōhoku Main Line, but work to extend the line was suspended following the quadrupling of tracks on the Tōhoku Main Line.
In September 1981, the line was proposed for possible closure.
The entire line was opened and electrified between Tsukino and Fukushima from 1 July 1988.
- Official website (Japanese)