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. I have now retired from this activity.
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.
- Island Publishing – (To last main update of site whilst hosted on Demon = 28 March 2006) – www.johnrnew.demon.co.uk
- Waggonway Research Circle (last version when on the fsnet hosting = 28 May 2010) www.waggonways.fsnet.co.uk
- Waggonway Research Circle (last available archive of the full mirror site = 17 July 2016 ) WRC Mirror copy on island-publishing
Note: Due to an unexpected problem in a WordPress update in late November the WordPress element of the site became unreliable with many posts and a significant number of the images being lost.
I installed a new version to avoid a blank screen; however, some pages are neither using the current format nor showing the recent content. Sadly searching suggests the deleted blog content is lost, as the back up file made in early November, that would have had that content, will not load..
John New – Site Manager – section updated 23 December 2020
Last updated 14 September 2021