Gunnedah station road was the main & not the loop. Check the interlocking arrangements & signalling which defines which is the loop as against the main.
Terminology is getting confused here, and could get more confused.
The Platform Road at Gunnedah has the points set and locked Normal in the reverse (Curved) position.
The Through Road at Gunnedah has the points set and locked Reverse in the normal (Straight) position
Thus the points are confusingly Normal (signal point of view) and reverse (points POV) at the same time,
or Reverse (signal POV) and normal (points POV) at the same time.
Note the capitalisation of Normal compared to normal, and Reverse compared to reverse.
Thus the Platform Road is the main (signal POV), but not the Main (points POV).
Thus the Through Road is the loop, but not the Loop.
As a general rule, turnouts in the straight position are for the main route, and vice versa, but there are exceptions.
Cabramatta is an equilateral junction with almost the same speed in both directions, and it is hard to say which is the main and which is the branch. Similarly triangular junctions such as at Flemington Goods.
Note that unlike Tamworth, Gunnedah was never fully interlocked in semaphore days, and never had large and small signal arms.