This is what the AmTrak website has to say about the train we were scheduled to depart on this afternoon:
Information Unavailable: Sorry, due to a service disruption, we are unable to provide estimated departure and arrival times. For additional assistance, please contact us at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
When translated (and 'targumed' by an AmTrak representative) this means our train is not running until Jan 12 at the earliest. I am supposed to start teaching on the 11th, so the plan is to rent a car and drive to remote Montana where our car is parked. My father-in-law will come along and drive the car back to Portland; we will drive the rest of the way in our own car back to Caronport. Good thing my first classes are more-or-less prepared.