I was also wondering about that ramp. I know it was never on screen. I am also wondering about the staircases. It was my understanding that all interdeck travel was done either through turbolift or Jeffery’s Tube.
Nope…there are stairs here and there. Its a big, big, big ship. There’s a ton of things in blueprints that have never been shown in any format. Stairs, ‘town squares’ in residential areas, lots of lounges and little places to sit and chat.
I was surprised that the door didn’t go right to the conference room, as well. But I guess I can’t think of any time we’re shown explicitly that there couldn’t be a ramp there. There has to be some way to get to the bridge without using the turbolift.
The ramp to the bridge is exactly drawn on the Sternback blueprints. I would include an image of it if I could add images here, but it is shown on Screen 4. Extremely accurate from what I can see. Still needs to render the Captain’s head in the Ready Room. hahaha
The little hallway/ramp between the conference room and the bridge actually IS seen on-screen at one point: Picard observes the metal ships on the wall when he re-experiences his arrival on the Enterprise with Tasha Yar.
Quiller: Sorry man, but that’s not the ramp hallway, that’s the conference room.
For most of the series, the conference room had those models in it. They were moved later – I think perhaps for Star Trek: Generations?
Pretty sure it was Star Trek V – they “borrowed” a bunch of Enterprise-D sets for the Ent-A, and never put them back quite the same way.
And, yeah, (@Steven Van Valkenburgh) the corridor stairs feel *seriously* wrong on this ship. Hell, if there were stairs, why would they go crawling around the Jeffries Tubes every time something went wrong with the turbolifts?
The stairs are mainly used in the residential sections of the ship, where it’s basically an apartment building. Keep in mind, though, that one of the points of this is to show the Enterprise without the limits of all of your corridors being one circle and one straight line.
Find the deck by deck plans that where made. There are areas that have ramps and stairs. The show never did this because they would have to build those sets. And be used for one time. Not worth it. So the stories were always restricted. It’s why other logic holes are caused on the show. Why didn’t they just do a space walk. To get to data. And blow the airlocks? When he went out of control, in Brothers. They aren’t gonna spend the money. Or even able to show that, in 1991.