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Warp cores are a frequent plot device in Star Trek, as well we all know. This question has a list of ejection events and a nice picture of what appears to be a warp core coming out of Voyager. Apparently there are 7 successful and 14 failed attempts to eject a core shown in the canon.

I found myself wondering what an engine room looks like without its warp core. The core is the centerpiece of nearly every Engineering set. Examples:

There are many shots of cores overloading, in the act of breaching, online, idle, offline etc. etc. At the end of First Contact, you even see some footage of the Enterprise-E warp core being brought online after suffering a total loss of coolant. It seems like it would be a very striking visual to show a core being ejected, or at least a before & after shot of engineering. It seems odd to me that I can't recall ever seeing an engine room without its core.

So my question is: have we ever been shown such a shot? If we haven't, what would it look like? Just a big empty room? Or is the core on some warp drives inside the big center structure we see in the engine room?

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We certainly don't see the Enterprise-D without a warp core since they never managed to eject the damn thing –  Richard Feb 8 at 2:29

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In the Star Trek : Voyager episode 'Day of Honor' (the same episode referenced in the linked question), Chief Engineer Torres is forced to "dump the core" because of a surge in tachyon levels.

You can see the before and after pictures below;

Voyager with warp core

Voyager without warp core

Where the warpcore itself is concerned, you can see a complete core in the picture below

My sincere apologies for the join-line where I've had to composite two photos together.

Voyager Warp Core

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This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you for finding the pictures. I'm coming up on that episode, first time I've tried to watch the series end to end. –  Dacio Feb 8 at 3:40
    
Watched the episode last week, and it was everything I'd hoped for, heh. They also answered another question of mine by just turning around and going back to get the dumped core - proving that as long as it doesn't actually breach or go critical, the act of dumping is inherently safe and repeatable. (With some repairs, of course. When are they not repairing things in Star Trek?) Thanks again! –  Dacio Mar 14 at 16:54
    
@dacio - Voyager also has a backup warp core in storage. On top of that, they normally have sufficient battery reserves to replicate a new core from scratch. –  Richard Jun 4 at 20:46

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