Gentlemen, I had time to do a little surfing today and found the movie was filmed in the town of Juliette, Georgia.
A photo from the website, taken during the filming of "Fried Green Tomatoes":
The locomotive used in the movie was former Atlanta & West Point #290, a heavy Pacific (4-6-2). For more information on the loco, follow these links:
and scroll down to the Southeast Railway Museum section.
Or, simply go the the Southeast Railway Museum website:
Art Audley, AA3RT
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