Welcome to the Island Publishing Home Page
Last updated 5 December 2020
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Due to an unexpected problem in a Wordpress update in late November the Wordpress element of the site is currently unreliable.
An old version has been reinstated to avoid a blank screen; however, this IS NOT using the current format or showing the recent content. Fixes are being worked on and from time to time there will be temporary outages whilst these are loaded and tested. We apologise for this distruption to normal service.
John New - Site Manager 5 December 2020
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The site has been partially converted to a new layout to add a blog section. In the interim this page has the links to unconverted sections of the site.
Island Publishing is run by John New, transport historian/researcher, photographer and author with several published non-fiction and fiction stories and articles to his name. In November 2008 he was finally able to exchange the wage-slave rat race to working as a full-time Researcher/ Historian. Currently studying for a BA in Communication and Media at Bournemouth University. As part of this course journalism blog was added in November 2015.
Island Publishing was created to undertake small scale work in general publishing; pre-press work for catalogues, exhibition guides, menus etc..., plus website pages for small businesses. Subsequently John's interests have evolved but we can quote you for this type of work on request. Main current activities at Island-publishing concern research and publication of material relating to the UK's early railways and Elizabethan/Stuart period coal mining. See Waggonway Research Circle pages and SLS_early_railways Several drafts for further children's books and railway related topics are available for publication. John also has a series of lectures/film shows available for showing.
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 4 other websites previously designed and run for external clients.
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The Waggonway Research Circle site is kept on our web-space server and content is included in the site search facility.
Browser compatibility - Page layout set up works best on a 1024 x 768 screen, reformatting for wide-screen coming soon. The CSS formatting has been successfully tested in IE, Firefox, and Opera running on both Windows XP and Windows64bit machines. However it is noted that the CSS file structure does translate slightly differently between browsers and Opera remains the least satisfactory of the three test bed browsers used. It is recommended that all browsers are regularly updated to current versions.