The victorian period saw the laying of 20,000 miles of railway track. Every mile of railway track requires 3,250 sleepers, 6,500 baseplates and 13,000 railspikes. In the navvy forge I work throughout the day forging the tools and ironwork required to lay the thousands of miles of the permant way all while teaching my audience about the history of blacksmithing, the operation of the forge and the science of metallurgy.