Originally Posted by lightborne
I would agree, but then I read in Mr. Scott's Guide that the torpedoes aren't armed and/or loaded with a warhead until they reach the lower level and fed into the tubes. Now that doesn't clear up the fact that the tubes straddle the warp core but at least it takes some of that into consideration. i know we are Clark Kenting to a degree here, but I - probably like you - appreciate when things are somewhat thought out like that.
Well we know that warheads use antimatter, so that would definitely have to be loaded before being put into the tubes, but would be impractical to keep stored in the torpedoes, because then the containment fields would have to constantly be on to avoid an unexpected saucer separation. That being said, having warhead loading stations so close to the core doesn't seem like a great idea either.