The Windypics Photogallery

Hello and welcome to the Windypics Photogallery. My name is Alan and I'm located in northern England and what could be probably be described as a 'Crap Weather Photographer' - note# that's 'Crap Weather' Photographer, and not crap 'Weather Photographer' - or at least I hope not!:-) I do like taking pictures in what can best be described as 'atmospheric' weather, so if you see someone standing out in the pouring rain at a heritage railway or a bus event somewhere it might well be me. If 'sunny 3/4 shots' are your thing this is probably the wrong site to visit, as I prefer to make 'photo documentaries' of my days out irrespective of what the weather and conditions are like. To quote the art critic John Ruskin: "There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather!"

The latest updates to the site include a few shots of the 'Pennine Moors Explorer Railtour' on Saturday 8th of December 2018, plus a visit to the 'GMTS Christmas Cracker Event' at Boyle Street in Manchester, the 'ELR 2018 Santa Specials', the 'ELR Lancashire Weekend Event', and the 'ELR Scenic Railcar Weekend' on Sunday 4th of November 2018. Also, the 'The KBMT Twilight Running & Open Day' on Sunday 28th of October 2018, the '1970s Weekend at the Museum of Transport' in Manchester on Sunday 21st of October 2018, the 'ELR Autumn Steam Gala 2018' on Friday 19th of October 2018, the '13th Skipton & Yorkshire Dales Bus Rally and Running Day' on Sunday 14th of October 2018, the 'GM Fire Service Museum Classic Preserved Vehicle Gathering' and 'Ellenroad Classic Car & Vintage Vehicle Show', both on Sunday 7th of October 2018. Previous visits also include:'ELR Autumn Diesel Gala' on Sunday 23rd of September 2018, the 'Great Harwood Bus Rally & Running Day' on Sunday 16th of September 2018, the '39th Trans-Lancs Transport Show' at Heaton Park, Manchester on Sunday 2nd of September 2018, 'Oak Mount Mill Engine House' and 'The Weavers Triangle' in Burnley, the 'On The Buses - Leeds Running Day 2018' on Sunday 19th of August 2018, the 'ELR's Sci-fi on the Sidings Event' on saturday 18th of August 2018, the 'Dewsbury Bus Museum Summer Spectacular' on Sunday 12th of August 2018, plus some shots from my recent visits to the ELR are in the 'Various non-event visits to the ELR in August 2018' gallery. There are also shots of my visits to the 'Littleborough Rushbearing Festival' on Sunday 22nd of July 2018, 'So Long Cliffy...' a special tribute to my late friend Cliff who passed away in July 2018, the 'ELR Summer Diesel Spectacular' on Friday 6th of July 2018, 'The Crown Affair at Bacup' on Sunday 1st of July 2018, the 'KWVR's 50th Anniversary/Royal Scot Visit' on June 26th 2018, and the 'Bury Transport Museum Bus Gathering & Collectors Fair', on Sunday 17th of June. Also included are some shots of my visit to the excellnt 'RVPT Vintage Bus Running Day and Display' at Morecambe in Lancashire on Sunday 27th of May 2018, plus some shots from Day Three of the 'ELR's 1940s Weekend' on Monday 28th of May 2018, plus my visit to the 'Grane Mill Engine House Open Day' on the 13th of May 2018, and the 'Scotsman in Steam Event at the ELR' also on that day. Earlier collections include visits to the 'Ellenroad Classic Car and Vintage Vehicle Show' at the Ellenroad Engine House in Newhey, Rochdale on Sunday 6th of May 2018. Other recent visits include the '64th UK Coach Rally at Blackpool'. On top of that there is my second photo documentary of one of my rambles, and this time it was the 'Pole Hill Plod in Calderdale, West Yorkshire'. Earlier visits include a visit to the excellent and very enjoyable 'ELR 40s@60 Event', which took place in April 2018, the first in my new series of: 'Windypics Walks'. Some shots of the 'Tornado & The Flying Scotsman at Bury' on 2nd of April 2018, 'Tornado's visit to Rawtenstall', the 'Manchester Museum of Transport's Spring Spectacular', and the 'ELR's version of Ice Station Zebra' on Sunday 18th of March. Also a shot of the late, great Fred Dibnah's best friend 'Mr. Alf Molyneaux at the Whitworth Museum on the 3rd of January 2018'. I have also added various shots covering many other subjects to some of my galleries as well, though there are far too many of these to list here, but clicking on the 'Recent Albums' link should bring many of these up.

The best way to view the collections on this site is by clicking on the 'slideshow' icon (a cine camera), which you will find on the upper toolbar in each gallery, and then clicking on the two 'opposing diagonal arrows' at the top right of the screen, this will play a full screen slideshow automatically. If you would like to register for updates whenever the site is updated, you can do so by using the 'Register' option in the 'Identification' panel at the top left-hand corner of this page, or alternatively, if you prefer to use 'RSS' then clicking on the 'notifications' link at the bottom-right of the page in the 'Menu' section will give you that option as well.

Also back and now in html format is the essential 'A Guide to Windyspeak' page which gives a lighthearted explanation of some of the strange terms and jargon used on this site.

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