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there's a huge difference, the one way is specifically built, down to the tubing used for the individual tubes of the frame, to be a commuter bicycle that can go many miles without service, while still handling all the demands of a city/town commute.
the rush hour is another raleigh that is very similar, but it has less in the way of compliance and a longer fit so that you will be more tucked and aero.
to a large extent, all of the bikes in this range differ only in 'just preference.' a fast rider is going to be faster on a one way, set up to his liking, than a slow rider on a rush hour or rush hour pro.
however, the one way is specifically made to cover a lot of ground with little complaint. it's not really designed for the same end as the kilo tt, steamroller, or pista. all of those bikes have steep road geometry and are meant to be streetable track-style bikes, suitable for use on a track.
the one way is really meant to be used as a commuter. it has canti brakes, which are better for running full fenders and better at shedding mud grime and water, and its set up as a singlespeed instead of a fixed gear. it comes with larger width tires than the other bikes you mention, which absorb chatter and hazards better and last longer than skinny race/track tires.
the differences aren't huge to a novice rider, but they will present themselves very differently and after a month of daily riding should be crystal clear when switching from one bike to another.
what i'd ask you, personally, is what is it that you like about the one way? and what type of riding are you selecting your bike to accomplish? furthermore, what type of riding do you think you will most enjoy while you have this bike?