A XC service travels this route in the opposite direction each evening just before 22.00 ( Southampton to York)A late TPE goes from Doncaster via Rotherham Central along the tram-train line to near Meadowhall then along the single track to Woodburn Jnc then Sheffield. The station announcement was really emphasising that the train didn’t stop at Meadowhall.
I think most people would regard the Chesterfield - Barrow Hill - Beighton - Sheffield route as the “Old Road” too. Certainly I’ve heard railway men refer to it as such. An early morning XC (05.59 Sheffield - Reading) goes the Old Road to Chesterfield.As I understand it the "Old Road" is the route from Chesterfield to Masborough avoiding Sheffield, the line from Beighton into Sheffield is not the "Old Road" as such.
Any scheduled XC services via the Erewash Valley and Trent Junction to Derby, other than the first Derby to Newcastle in the morning?