“You don’t get it do you, I built this place. Down here I make the rules. Down here I make the threats. Down here… I’m God.“―The Trainman to Neo
The Trainman is an exile who created and operates Mobil Avenue and is a servant of another exile program known as the Merovingian.
After saving fellow Resistance member Axel, Niobe is approached by the Trainman in a subway station. While Niobe does not know who this person is, the Trainman tells her that Zion lasted 72 hours the last time it was attacked by the Machines (referring to the fifth iteration of the Matrix). When questioned about his identity, the Trainman states that he is only an observer of the events unfolding.
Later, the Trainman is approached by Morpheus, Seraph, and Trinity onboard a train. When he sees them approaching, he pulls out his gun and tells them to leave. Seraph tries to explain that they require his help but he refuses. Instead, the Trainman pulls the emergency brake lever and flees the train, the three of them in pursuit.
As they enter another subway platform, the Trainman turns around and fires at his pursuers, who duck behind pillars. He checks one of his many watches and realizes that he is just in time to catch the train fast approaching them. As the train approaches, he fires his gun at the three of them until its empty and jumps across to the other side of the platform. He disappears behind the train, his next stop being Mobil Avenue.
His mission assigned to him by the Merovingian is to take the programs Rama-Kandra, Kamala, and Sati into the Matrix, which he is already late for due to his escape from Morpheus, Seraph, and Trinity. However, he stops Neo before he can board the train with them and realizes that he is the reason they wanted his help. Neo demands that he be allowed to leave Mobil Avenue, to which the Trainman responds by punching Neo into the wall and saying that he is stronger than Neo due to the fact that he makes the rules governing this location. He takes the programs into the Matrix, leaving Neo in Mobil Avenue.
The Trainman later appears by the Merovingian’s side in Club Hel as Morpheus, Seraph, and Trinity try to negotiate Neo’s release out of Mobil Avenue. When the Merovingian wants the eyes of the Oracle as payment for letting Neo out, Trinity starts a brawl where she retrieves a gun and points it at the Merovingian’s head, demanding Neo’s release at gun-point.While the Trainman is able to obtain a gun during the chaos of the fight and point it at Seraph, the result is a Mexican standoff between the Merovingian’s henchmen and the three of them. The Merovingian is forced to order the Trainman to release Neo from Mobil Avenue.
Character and Abilities
The Trainman is aggressively loyal to the Merovingian and is perhaps his greatest lackey. He has complete control of Mobil Avenue and is able to use it as a weapon, as seen when he is able to punch Neo into a wall when he claimed he was the “god” in the Station. He carries a snub nose revolver, but has a terrible aim, missing entirely while shooting at Seraph, Morpheus, and Trinity. He also wears multiple watches on his arm to track the movements of each train, which he also used to his advantage while escaping Seraph.
Oddly enough, his revolver can fire way more than just six shots. One could reasonably assume that because he can manipulate the rules of the train stations, his gun is able to replenish ammunition endlessly.
How did Neo end up in the train station?
At the end of the second movie Neo feels the sentinels and stops them just by his mind, then collapses.
At the beginning of the third movie he suddenly wakes up in the trainman’s station. How did he reach there in the first place? Why and how exactly did he reach there?
Was that why Merovingian was constructed, so that he could create a place where the One could be stored after whatever process sent Neo there? That doesn’t seem possible though, because Merovingian is apparently older than the concept of the anomaly. So how did Neo reach there?
When he collapses hes gets stuck in limbo, he touched the source and separated his mind and body, the train station is a way station to ferry programs between the Matrix and the Machine mainframes. The train man who constructed it works for the Merovingian and has a say who comes and goes. — This info is found here — thematrix101.com/revolutions/faq.php – Tasos Jul 27 ’14
There is no dialog in the movie that directly explains Neo’s condition. But here are some answer based on the movies.
He wakes up at the trainman’s station because his mind crosses over to the Matrix without being physically hooked up. The train station was a default gateway for any entity trying to cross over from The Matrix to the machine world (real world).
Normally, a person jacked into the Matrix would have an outlet constructed by the hackers i.e. the pay phone. But in Neo’s case, since his entry wasn’t created by the hackers, they couldn’t put an outlet for him. That is why he couldn’t leave the Matrix by himself.
Merovingian was trafficker of information flow within The Matrix. We see Ramachandra (Rama kandra) at the Merovingian’s place even in Matrix Reloaded. He was there to seek a deal about Sati. This was in Matrix Reloaded, long before Neo got stuck at the train station. Hence it wasn’t a sudden change & that wasn’t why the Merovingian was created. He was a trafficker, and helped exiled programs settle in The Matrix. That means he always had control of the train station. You can see an excellent explanation here. Relevant excerpt:
As both the Oracle and Smith confirm, programs are not forced to be deleted. They can either choose deletion or exile, the same way people can choose to reject or accept the Matrix. This is because the Oracle’s model of choice is what defines the operations that are most core to the running of the Prime Program.
Because the Merovingian was actually residing in the Matrix when the choice model was proven to work, the Merovingian and many other programs from version 0.9b (including the Trainman, Persephone, the Twins, vampires, etc.) were allowed to deny deletion. This created the necessity of a path by which exile programs can enter back into the Matrix from the Source to escape deletion, and that is the main purpose that Mobil Avenue serves. Presumably, it is also the path taken by programs to return to the Source, since it connects the Matrix to the Source.
The Trainman’s original intended purpose was likely to maintain Mobil Ave, as a way for legitimate programs to travel to and from the Source and the Matrix.
I’m sorry but your answer just made me realise I never understood what really the “source” was that the Architect talked about so much. I can understand humans going in to and out of the Matrix, as they have a physical self in the real world as well, but what does it mean by programs going into and out of the matrix?
Consider the Matrix like an application that is running on top of the server, that is the machine world. Programs going through and out of the Matrix means programs coming from the machine world to the Matrix, and vice versa. The Agents for example, are small snippets of code that the OS(Machine world/architect) sends into the Application(The Matrix). I hardly think that the Matrix itself is the OS. That is why the agents can bend the Matrix. Think of it as using root privileges/admin privileges. – Stark07 Jul 30 ’14
The “source” is the core operating system of the machine world, of which the Matrix is but a small part! Humans have access to their own section ONLY, which is why humans are entirely ignorant of the machine world. Think of it like a process being able to access only it’s own address space. (P.S. – I hope the OS analogy made sense. Sorry if not.) – Stark07 Jul 30 ’14
@user13267 Think of it in terms of a computer program; specifically WoW. The game that the users or players such as you or me would see is the graphical end. This is the Matrix; the GUI end of the machine’s program. The source on the other hand is Blizzard’s Battle.net system that is actually running the backend needed to keep all the players actually play the game together. The train station is analogous to the login portal. Hackers hack through it and legitimate programs have a valid username and password. The Merovingian probably uses a set of unused but legit usernames. – Suman Roy
Q: Where is Neo at the beginning of the movie?
A: Neo is in the train station, a strange construct stuck between the Matrix, the machine mainframe, and the real world. It’s a way station used to ferry programs between The Matrix and the machine mainframes. Specifically, Neo’s on Mobil Ave, Mobil being an anagram for Limbo. Effectively, he’s stuck in limbo.
Q: How did he get there?
A: As the Oracle explains it, he touched the Source and separated his mind from his body. His body’s on the hovercraft, Hammer, and his mind is stuck in limbo.
Q: Who controls the train station?
A: The Trainman runs the trains that ferry programs through the station, but he’s in the employ of The Merovingian – so, effectively, the Merovingian controls who can and can’t move through the station.
Q: What are Maggie and Roland talking about when they speak briefly of VDTs? What does VDT stand for?
A: VDTs are likely a “virtual” form of the DTs (Delirium Tremens – symptoms include tremors, delusions, hallucinations, nausea, as well as rare seizures). VDTs are probably a similar condition brought on by jacking in.
Q: What’s with the family Neo meets in the train station?
A: This is a fairly involved subplot that has major impact on the outcome of the movie, and the future of Zion and the Matrix. Rama-Kandra, the father, created a program with his wife. The program is Sati, their daughter. Because Sati was created without purpose, they’re trying to smuggle her into the Matrix before she is deleted by the system.
Q: How does Neo get out of the train station?
A: Trinity, Morpheus, and Seraph confront the Merovingian in Club Hel. He wants to make a deal for Neo’s freedom, but Trinity forces him to free Neo without any deals being made.