The IJssel is a river in the Netherlands that leads into the IJsselmeer, formerly called the Zuiderzee. It is one of the three major distributary branches into which the Rhine divides itself shortly after crossing the German-Dutch border. The other two are called Nether Rhine and Waal. The IJssel was once a small river: it was the lower part of the Oude IJssel (Old IJssel, German Issel), a small river that rises in Germany and is now a tributary of the IJssel. The connection between the Rhine and the IJssel was probably artificial, made by the Roman general Drusus as a defence against Germanic tribes.
Lengths: IJssel: 120km, Oude IJssel: 70km
Railroad bridges (with nearest train station on the left and right bank):