I'd originally set that up as a joke, but it just made so much sense when I thought about it a while, I just kept it.uss_columbia said:Steve: try trekcore.com
CRA had two nearly identical engine rooms, one one each side (fore/aft) of the mesh/tube thingy, which he locates far forward of the nacelle pylons. The tubes connect to power transfer conduits or somesuch, with one part of the conduit making its way through the floor (under the dilithium doo-hickey) and on to the nacelles. The two nearly identical engine rooms are meant to explain the differences in the set dressing, one with the dilithium doo-hickey, for example. I'm not doing it justice with the description. You might have to wait for April to post his picture.
(BTW, I'd forgotten about his features corresponding to the keel markings.)
Sorry for using technical terms thingy and doo-hicky. I can't think of the layperson's terms.
My thinking of it is that the aft engine room, with the dilithium doo-hickey, wasn't quite set up that way in the first season; rather, we had that rather odd room in "The Alternative Factor" in that area. When the second season started, the aft engine room was upgraded, primary engineering operations were moved there, and the forward engine room was relegated to a backup role, and primarily to monitoring of the fusion reactors.
As for the big screen separating the tube assembly (I have it as a plasma transfer manifold) and the rest of the room, and why you can't see through it into the other engine room, when they did the upgrade, they switched around the screen and the corresponding bulkhead on the other end.
Ya may not agree with my solutions, but almost all of them are done for a reason.