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About Island Publishing

Home page of island-publishing, the web-site of John New, transport historian/researcher, photographer and author. John has had several  non-fiction and fiction stories published. The current activities at Island-publishing mainly concern research and publication of material relating to the UK’s early railways and Elizabethan/Stuart period coal mining. See the Waggonway Research Circle pages and SLS_early_railways for more details. Several drafts for further children’s books and railway related topics are available for publication. As a keen photographer John also has a series of talk and film shows available for showing.

Located on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, Island Publishing was created in 1987 to undertake small scale-work in general publishing, pre-press work for catalogues, exhibition guides, menus etc…, plus website pages for small businesses. Although our activities have evolved we can quote you for this type of work on request. As a Society member John designed and continues to maintain the website for The Stephenson Locomotive Society (SLS) and also runs the site for the York Model Railway Show and the Waggonway Research Circle. Due to increasing work load with the SLS he passed on the baton with regard to four other websites previously designed and run for external clients.

In November 2008 John was finally able to exchange the wage-slave rat race to working as a full-time Researcher/ Historian. John successfully completed a BA in Communication and Media at Bournemouth University in 2016. As part of this course a journalism blog was added in November 2015 which has evolved to the current edition.

Island-Publishing – current projects

John is currently continuing has research into the life and times of Huntingdon Beaumont together with additional research into horse railways and development of the early steam locomotive.

In addition John is PRO for The Stephenson Locomotive Society.

Former versions of the site

In line with my blog post on the Transient internet (8th January 2016) it is appropriate to add links to archived copies of earlier versions of this site. This includes links for the Waggonway Research Circle as the material, formerly available separately, is being incorporated within this main site during 2017. The reason is that the intended idea of establishing the WRC with an independent dot-org URL has been dropped as uneconomic. The links are all to the excellent Internet Archive Wayback Machine site.

Last updated 8th March 2017.