This covers the construction of a 500 km railway network connecting pitheads
to ports and roads from the mines.
At the time, he was based in the Bridgend offices of the Echo's sister weekly paper, the Glamorgan Gazette, and recalls how he would often be called out to be at pitheads
in the area to catch the arrival of possible strike-breakers on the early shift, or be in place to photograph hauliers delivering iron ore to the steelworks at Port Talbot, another flashpoint for pickets and police.
One civil servant wrote in a memo: "The law and order problems of coping with pickets, not just at the power stations but also at the pitheads
, would be enormous and would arise from the very outset of the strike.
take for example the parks and shopping centres now built over the closed pitheads
He said: "I have found the local allotments, canal locks and pitheads
Similarly, the Talcher thermal plant in Orissa and the Farakka plant in West Bengal are also located at pitheads
but are being forced to operate with low stock.
The plan sees a tapestry of paths trace abandoned mining tunnels while towers, reminiscent of old pitheads
, identify redundant mine shafts.
By the 19th century the market town of Wrexham was a big industrial centre, surrounded by villages like Llay, Coedpoeth, Rhosllannerchrugog and Ruabon which sprang up round the pitheads
The coal industry has kept several of its pitheads
and turned them into museums, has any thought been given to celebrating our steel-related industries or will they continue to be grassed over and forgotten?
Kate Adie says: "As a child, it was a treat to take a run in the car into Swaledale or Teesdale, away from the industrial cranes and pitheads
of the County Durham coast.
There's obviously a lot of work gone into this image; a German helmeted biker rides a six legged man-horse past a castle peopled with screaming and long gone pitheads
but away from the images of how things used to be there were wild landscapes aplenty, like Steve Lee's Loch Donard Mountain.
On top of that mining communities, whose traditional work has long since gone, will be glad to see their abandoned pitheads
cleaned up and put to use.