Vande Bharat Express: A Rail fan’s perspective on the Executive Class

For a short 4.5 hour journey, unless one is travelling as a family of four OR a group of 4 corporates who’d like to hold a meeting, the EC is just fancy.

BHPian vigsom recently shared this with other enthusiasts.


Just about a year after I took my first ride on the Mysuru – Chennai Vande Bharat Express, it was time to repeat the experience. This time, we decided to try the Executive Class. Bhpian @84.monsoon has covered a lot of features of the Executive Class on this train via this post, and I’ll try adding some dimensions which might not have been covered before. Here are two pics – one from my first ride and one from now – same shooter, same cam, same platform.


First impressions of the Executive Class

Sensor actuated doors, wide lobby, cabin upkeep was all fine – in fact it was good to see the train being kept well even after a year. Now comes the new dimension I hinted in the first post. Among most passengers boarding the Executive Class coach, there was this air of sophistication with bombastic English, and along with bombastic English, I could clearly see an attitude to show that they own the train. This isn’t an aberration. Here are some:

On the positive side, though, here are some good ones (some might be repeat observations)


  • Supreme cleanliness and upkeep even a year later
  • Blinds on the massive windows still work as intended
  • Great wide cozy seats with additional with a velcro fastened foam pad which can be placed to one’s convenience
  • Flexi seats – move them around 360 degrees
  • Emergency communication system
  • Aircraft biz class style tray table is the best I’ve seen in an Indian train till date
  • filling high tea
  • CCTV cameras
  • Smoke detectors
  • Fire detectors and alarms
  • Bio-vacuum toilet
  • Jaquar taps on the washbasins


  • Seat fabric might wear away with time
  • on board wifi could not be used
  • one side’s electronic door opening switch in coach E1 wasn’t working; got rectified later

Experiencing Executive Class

I will let the pictures do the talking

Seatback – can store quite some stuff

Headrest foam pad – adjustable to suit passenger’s head and height

Place the foam pad to suit one’s head

Spectrawide footrest

Soft touch reading lights

Nice to see a wifi connection on board a train

Overhead rack

The 360 degree rotatable seat – gaze out of the windows or have a meeting, face in direction of the train or against it

Continue reading BHPian vigsom’s review for more insights and information.

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