Two locomotives, believed to be French, have arrived in Stoney Middleton and are set to haul the train in an action scene at the village’s Darlton Quarry.
Planning documents say a train ‘will run off’ the railway line on a ‘partial bridge structure’, and part of the quarry floor will also be excavated to create a water-filled tank.
Pete Grafton, the owner of Toll Bar Fish & Chips in the village, said: “They have now positioned the engines on the track ready to couple up the carriages.
"We’ve been told filming will commence at some degree in next two weeks.
"Things are happening again now.”
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