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You wanna know the only thing wrong with killing you, Jill? I can only do it once.
— Hoffman, upon activating the trap[src]

The Pain Train is a trap from the Saw franchise, appearing in Saw 3D.

Design and Function

The victim of this trap stood between a pair of metal rails, which were a few feet above the floor. To prevent the person from moving away, their arms and legs were chained up. On one end of the rails was the actual pain train. It was a large, motorized contraption with a giant blade pointing in the victim's direction. The train had to be activated manually by pulling a lever attached to it. Once started, the train began to move towards the victim and thereby quickly gained speed. As the victim couldn't move away, they we're inevitably ripped apart by the train and the blade attached to its front. (Saw 3D)



After the death of John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer, his ex-wife, Jill Tuck, received a black box from his executor, Bernie Feldman. The box contained one of John's vicious contraptions, a Reverse Bear Trap, which she had to use to test John's successor, Detective Mark Hoffman. As she still loved her late ex-husband, Jill decided to carry out John's final request and put Hoffman in the trap. However, she didn't give him a chance to escape. To her shock, Hoffman managed to escape the trap nonetheless, albeit heavily injured. Afraid that Hoffman might take revenge on her, she went to the police station to talk to Matt Gibson, an officer of the Internal Affairs Department, who had once reported Hoffman to the department after the latter had ruthlessly killed an unarmed suspect. Furthermore, she demanded that she wanted to talk only to him, and neither the homicide department nor the FBI, as she didn't trust them. In exchange for protection and complete immunity, she offered Gibson information about Hoffman. Gibson accepted the deal, seeing a chance to close the Jigsaw Case once and for all. After their conversation, Jill went back to her apartment at 545 4th Street. (Saw V, VI, 3D)

Jill leaves the police station

Nonetheless, Jill didn't feel safe and began to have terrible nightmares. During one of those, she left the police station after talking to Gibson. However, as she left the station, she was shocked when she saw a red tricycle standing there, surrounded by two police cars, which illuminated the scene with their spotlights. This tricycle had been used by a sinister mechanical ventriloquist puppet, which both John and Hoffman had occasionally used to communicate with their victims. As Jill approached the tricycle, she was suddenly attacked and subdued from behind by Hoffman, who covered his face with a sinister pig mask.

Jill in the trap

Shortly afterwards, she woke up in a chained up position. Upon hearing loud engine noises, she lifted her head and was afraid when she saw Hoffman at the other end of the room next to the Pain Train. Hoffman mocked her by telling her that the only thing wrong with killing her was the circumstance that he could only do it once. Afterwards, he activated the Pain Train, which quickly started to move forward. Jill immediately panicked and screamed for help as the vicious contraption came closer and closer. In her final moments, she desperately turned her head away, seconds before the blade ripped her apart. At this moment, Jill awoke from her nightmare, immediately grasping her throat in fear and distress. (Saw 3D)