Swindon Copper Boilers
Est. 1983

Trevor at work on a double chimney 'copper top' for ex GWR King Class no. 6024 King Edward I

Trevor Tremblen proprietor of Swindon Copper Boilers started work in Swindon Locomotive Works in 1961 as an apprentice Coppersmith in 'K' shop, with time spent in the famous 'A' shop working on most classes of ex GWR locomotives including Kings, Castles, Counties, Manors, Granges, Halls etc. He also worked in Swindon Carriage Works attaining City & Guilds in sheetmetal work.

During the 1970's he worked on Oil & Gas rigs in the North Sea as a coded welder on copper and Kunifer 10 pipework.

After becoming involved in model engineering and having built a 5" gauge GWR class 45xx and a 7" GWR 49xx Hall class locomotives, he started Swindon Copper Boilers and to date has manufactured well over 1200 copper boilers in all shapes and sizes, and has exported worldwide.

In the full size standard gauge preservation scene he has made and supplied hand bent copper pipework, copper chimney tops, brass safety valve bonnets, nameplates etc. for many ex GWR locos including: 6023 King Edward II - 6024 King Edward I - Foremarke Hall - Kinlett Hall - Wootton Hall - Bradley Manor - Erlestoke Manor - and class 55xx, 56xx, 45xx and 42xx locomotives.

Ex Southern Railway engines include Merchant Navy Class Port Line and P & O Line, West Country and Battle of Britain Classes 257 Squadron, Eddystone, Manton and Wadebridge as well as the two 80000 series B.R. Standard Tanks running on the Swanage 'Purbeck Line'

Visit by HRH Princess  Diana 26th April 1989