The JR Tadami Line connecting Fukushima and Niigata Prefectures is known for its spectacular views. However, in July 2011, heavy rain washed away the bridges and tracks, resulting in the suspension of service on a section of the line. Discussions were held between local governments, which wanted to fully restore the railway, and JR East, which wanted to switch to bus services. After six years of discussions, both parties agreed to use the vertical separation system where Fukushima Prefecture and 17 local governments in the Aizu region will maintain and manage the railway facilities, and JR East will be responsible for the operations. The Tadami Line resumed full operation on October 1, 2022. See how the line was restored and the efforts for the Tadami Line to get back on track.